Office Depot names new CIO

Office Depot Inc. has named Patricia Morrison as its new CIO and executive vice president. Morrison replaces William Seltzer, who is retiring at the end of the year after nine years at Office Depot.

In her new role as CIO, Morrison, 42, will be responsible for global information systems, including the global e-commerce platform, at the Delray Beach, Fla.-based office supply company. She will report directly to Bruce Nelson, Office Depot's CEO.

Before joining Office Depot, Morrison spent 18 months as the CIO and executive vice president of The Quaker Oats Co. in Chicago. At Quaker Oats, she was responsible for all of the firm's information systems and was a key member of the IT transition team during PepsiCo. Inc.'s acquisition of Quaker Oats, which was completed in August.

Prior to her tenure at Quaker Oats, Morrison spent three years as the CIO of General Electric Co.'s US$6 billion subsidiary, GE Industrial Systems.

"Patricia is a highly skilled, seasoned professional who has tremendous insight and experience in the use of technology to improve business processes," Nelson said in a statement. "Through her experience at The Quaker Oats Co. and General Electric, she will bring new and innovative practices to support Office Depot's numerous growth opportunities. Her strategic vision and breadth of experience make her an excellent addition to our senior management team, and we are thrilled she has agreed to join our organization."

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