Steve Odland is the President and CEO of The Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research association that is the most widely cited private source of business intelligence. For over a century it has provided the world's leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. He also is the former President and CEO of The Conference Board's public policy affiliate, the Committee for Economic Development.
Mr. Odland has a business background in consumer and retail sectors, having served as Chairman and CEO of Office Depot, Inc. from 2005-2010; Chairman, President and CEO of AutoZone, Inc. from 2001 until 2005; President and CEO of Tops Markets, Inc. from 1998 to 2000; President, Foodservice Division, Sara Lee Bakery from 1996-1998; and progressive positions at The Quaker Oats Company from 1981-1996. He served as an Adjunct Professor in the graduate schools of business at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University during 2011-2012. Mr. Odland currently is a member of the Board of Directors of General Mills, Inc. and Analogic Corp., a Trustee of the Conference Board, and a Senior Advisor at PJ Solomon. He is the co-author of Sustaining Capitalism: Bipartisan Solutions to Restore Trust & Prosperity (2017).
Mr. Odland's public policy background in addition to the Committee for Economic Development includes: member of the Business Roundtable and Chairman of its Corporate Governance Task Force; U.S. Presidential appointee as a Commissioner on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission; U.S. Presidential appointee on the Council on Service and Civic Participation; member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Corporate Ethics; member of the Business Council; member of the Florida Committee of 100; Chairman of Memphis Tomorrow; and member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
Steve Odland has a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master's of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.