Ronald Lalla was named Executive Vice President of Merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. in December 2013. In this role, Lalla is responsible for defining the overall Merchandising category and assortment strategy, and strengthening market position and brand recognition through innovative product development and strategic vendor relationships.
Previously, Lalla served as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer for OfficeMax. Lalla brings extensive retail merchandising and business-to-business experience to this position. Prior to OfficeMax, Lalla held positions as Chief Merchandising Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Katz Group. Before joining Katz Group, he served as Executive Vice President, Global Merchandising at Corporate Express, where he was integral in implementing a global sourcing strategy and best-in-class programs for category and vendor management. Lalla previously spent more than 10 years at Kmart Corporation, where he held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility in merchandising, store operations and finance, including Director of Finance, International Operations and Senior Vice President, Global Operations.
In addition to his professional experience, Lalla is a past board member of Wellspring in Canada, a network of community-based centers that offer support, coping skills and education to cancer patients and their families.
Lalla holds a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Manitoba and an MBA from Duke University.