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David Fuente

Former Chair and CEO, Office Depot

Born and raised in Chicago, David Fuente received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree from Purdue University in 1969. After spending five years as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, David joined the Gould Corporation, starting as Financial Planning Director and rising to Director of Marketing for the Replacement Automotive Parts Division.

In 1979, David joined the Sherwin-Williams Company, as Vice President of Marketing in the Automotive Division, and eventually became President of the Paint Stores Division.

In 1987, Fuente joined Office Depot as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Under his direction, the company grew from fewer than a dozen stores to over 900 company-owned office supply superstores throughout the United States, Canada, France, and Japan by the end of 2000. The company enjoyed sales of more than $10 billion in FY00.

Other accomplishments by Office Depot under David's leadership include going public and the successful acquisition in 1991 of the Office Club retail chain in California and eight other western states. In 1993 and 1994, Office Depot acquired eight leading contract stationers across the United States to form Office Depot’s Business Services Division, which supplies office products and professional services to mid-sized companies and corporate America. In 1998, the company launched its award-winning public website, and it merged with Viking Office Products, a leading direct mail seller of office products worldwide.

Also under David's direction, Office Depot went international. Under both the Office Depot and Viking brands, the company now has operations in 49 countries.

Fuente retired from Office Depot in July 2000. He served on the board of directors of Office Depot, Ryder, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Sunrise Senior Living. He is a trustee of the University of Miami.

David and his wife, Sheila, are very active in a variety of community and public service endeavors. David has two sons, Alan and Steven, a stepdaughter, Rebecca, and three grandchildren.

Alumni Purdue University
Degree BS, MS
Affiliated Organizations Dick’s Sporting Goods, Office Depot, Ryder, and Sunrise Senior Living
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