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OfficeMax Names Steve Parsons Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Thursday, July 21, 2011

OfficeMax Names Steve Parsons Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer09:00 EDT Thursday, July 21, 2011NAPERVILLE, Ill., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) today announced that Steve Parsons has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, effective July 25, 2011.  In this position, Mr. Parsons will report to Ravi Saligram, president and CEO of OfficeMax, and will be responsible for all aspects of global human resources for the company, including talent management, compensation and benefits, training, leadership development, recruitment, diversity, and internal and corporate communications."Steve is an excellent human resources leader with a proven track record for attracting world class talent," said Mr. Saligram.  "And, he will make significant contributions in taking our people and process capabilities to the next level."Mr. Parsons has a rich background in human resource management for consumer products and retail companies. Most recently, he was senior vice president of Human Resources at Rite Aid Corporation, a $25 billion organization, where he was instrumental in integrating the Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy drugstore chain into Rite Aid following its acquisition.  In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of human resources and change management, serving 92,000 associates across more than 4,700 stores and 12 distribution centers.Prior to Rite Aid, Mr. Parsons was senior vice president of Human Resources at Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy, and he also held senior human resources positions at Sears Holdings Corporation, where he led the human resources team responsible for their Softlines business and Customer Care Network.  He also worked for Whirlpool Corporation where he managed a variety of human resources functions, including leading several global initiatives in Europe and Asia.  He holds a bachelor's degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa."OfficeMax has a compelling vision for the future," said Mr. Parsons.  "I look forward to working with Ravi, the management team and all of our associates to maximize the potential of the OfficeMax organization to make this vision a reality."About OfficeMaxOfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leader in both business-to-business office products solutions and retail office products.  The OfficeMax mission is simple.  We help our customers do their best work.  The company provides office supplies and paper, in-store print and document services through OfficeMax ImPress®, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and individual consumers.  OfficeMax customers are served by approximately 30,000 associates through direct sales, catalogs, e-commerce and approximately 1,000 stores.  To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX.  For more information, visit www.officemax.com.OfficeMax Media ContactsInvestor ContactBill BonnerMike Steele630.864.6066630.864.6826SOURCE OfficeMax Incorporated