Office Depot, Inc., in Boca Raton announced today that Gerry P. Smith has been appointed as the company’s chief executive officer.
He starts on Feb. 27, 2017. Gerry Smith will succeed current CEO Roland Smith, who previously announced his intention to retire from the company.
Gerry Smith is the current executive vice president and chief operating officer at Lenovo Group, a $45 billion leading global technology company. During his time at Lenovo, Office Depot said he was “instrumental in defining and leading the company’s ambitious growth objectives and operational efficiencies, which drove increases in market share and profitability.”
The Boca Raton-based retailer announced earlier this year that was testing a plan to make its retail locations smaller and better organized. The Royal Palm Beach store’s relaunch marks Office Depot’s first “Store of the Future” in Palm Beach County.
“There are a lot of things you can buy online,” Adams said. “But you can’t get someone to give you real knowledge. That is what differentiates us.”
The new format was designed with business customers in mind. The Royal Palm Beach store features an on-site “small business concierge” to help customers figure out what they need to run and grow their companies. Employees also receive enhanced training in order to better answer customers’ questions, Adams said.
The store features a furniture section with commercial grade items and flexible work stations and an exclusive line of professional HP laptops.
There is also a full-service copy center with more machines and services that extend beyond what is offered at other stores, Adams said.