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posted: 1/22/2013 10:14 AM

OfficeMax CEO appointed to National Retail Federation board

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NAPERVILLE -- OfficeMax President and CEO Ravi Saligram has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Retail Federation.

Saligram will also join the NRF's executive committee and serve a three-year term. The NRF is the world's largest retail trade association and represents retailers of all types and sizes from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad including department stores, specialty, apparel, discount, online, independent, grocery and chain restaurants, among others.

"It is truly a privilege to join the board and executive committee of this outstanding organization and to collaborate in shaping NRF's strategic objectives and overall advocacy agenda," said Saligram. "As technology and information continue to empower consumers and businesses alike in new ways, we as retailers have a tremendous opportunity to help our customers to make better choices and, in so doing, to build deeper brand loyalty. The NRF will remain core to cultivating the innovation and stewardship needed to position the industry to thrive."

Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation said Saligram's "wealth of experience serving customers around the world and navigating the myriad issues that impact the retail industry every day, he will be an invaluable addition to our leadership team."

Saligram joined OfficeMax as president and chief executive officer in November 2010, and became a member of the OfficeMax board of directors at that time. With strong global experience in growing businesses and brands, he is driving a business transformation at OfficeMax aimed fundamentally at evolving its brand positioning from an office products supplier to a multichannel provider of workplace products, services and solutions.

Saligram is also a board member of Church & Dwight, a consumer and specialty products company with leading brands such as Arm & Hammer and OxiClean; and is a trustee for the Eisenhower Fellowships.

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