Disruptor joins Office Depot C-suite

Gina Acosta
Executive Editor
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Office Depot has named a new executive to lead its transformation into a leading omnichannel provider of business services, products and technology.

The company has named Joseph T. Lower as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective Jan. 8.

“We are excited to have Joe join the company as we continue to transform for the future,” said Chief Executive Officer Gerry Smith. “His operational skills, business acumen and financial markets experience will help us deliver value for our shareholders. He will also play a key role in accelerating our efforts to disrupt the market and challenge the traditional ways of thinking about our core business.”

As CFO, Lower will report directly to Smith and be a member of the Executive Committee. He will be responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the company, including financial planning and analysis, accounting and financial reporting, as well as managing the tax, internal audit, treasury, and investor relations functions.

“Office Depot is in an exciting early stage of transforming from a traditional provider of primarily office products into a broader product and business services platform, and I’m honored to be joining the team at this pivotal time,” said Lower. “The company has a strong balance sheet and a willingness to reinvest to strengthen its core while concurrently pursuing innovative opportunities to leverage its key assets and disrupt traditional retail thinking.”

Lower most recently served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at B/E Aerospace, Inc., where he oversaw all the financial reporting for the company. Prior to joining B/E Aerospace, Inc. in 2014, Lower was Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for The Boeing Company, where he spent 12 years. Among other finance positions, Lower spent six years with Credit Suisse in various investment banking roles including positions in mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance.

Lower succeeds Stephen E. Hare, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, who is retiring after four years in the role. 

Office Depot operates 1,400 retail stores, e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners.