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OfficeMax Appoints Brooks as Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion

 
NAPERVILLE, IL, Sept. 12 /DiversityBusiness.com/ -- OfficeMax(R) Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) today announced the appointment of Carolynn Brooks as vice president, diversity and inclusion for OfficeMax. In this new role, Brooks will report directly to Sam Duncan, OfficeMax chairman and CEO. This appointment further demonstrates and strengthens OfficeMax's commitment to diversity and inclusion. In this new role, Brooks will be an internal and external business partner with focused responsibility on achieving an inclusive and diverse workforce. She will also ensure the company maintains ongoing representation in the community and in the marketplace.

"To achieve our goals, OfficeMax must understand, represent and serve the full breadth of the communities in which we conduct our business," said Sam Duncan, chairman and chief executive officer of OfficeMax. "By dedicating Carolynn's focus in this critical area, I am confident that we will gain greater insights and capabilities for ongoing success."

Brooks will develop the strategy and process to provide ongoing diversity and inclusion support for all company activities, including recruitment practices, employee retention and development programs, community relations activities and supplier programs. She has already established a diversity council within the company to accelerate collaboration and program execution.

"OfficeMax believes in the strength of diversity. We want to leverage that strength to help us achieve our business goals. My primary focus will be to ensure the culture of OfficeMax engages, embraces and empowers our associates and business partners to be the best they can be," said Brooks. "Accepting all differences, in age, background, education and beliefs, removes limits and allows even greater innovation in the solutions we can develop for our company and our customers."

Brooks joined OfficeMax in 2001 and has held the role of vice president, human resources, staffing and diversity.

About OfficeMax(R) Incorporated
OfficeMax is a leader in both business-to-business and retail office products distribution. OfficeMax delivers an unparalleled customer experience -- in service, in product, in time savings, and in value -- through a relentless focus on its customers. The company provides office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions, and furniture to large, medium and small businesses and consumers. OfficeMax customers are served by more than 35,000 associates through direct sales, catalogs, Internet and nearly 900 superstores. OfficeMax trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol OMX. More information can be found at http://www.officemax.com/ . OfficeMax has won the prestigious "Top Corporation for Multicultural Business Opportunities" award from DiversityBusiness.com

OfficeMax Media Contact: William Bonner (630 438 8584)
OfficeMax Investor Contact : John Jennings (630 438 8760)

 

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