Steve Odland is the President and CEO of the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board (CED). Founded in 1942, CED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led, public policy organization that delivers well researched analysis and reasoned solutions to our nation's most critical issues. CED's work is grounded on seven core principles: sustainable capitalism, long-term economic growth, efficient fiscal and regulatory policy, competitive and open markets, a globally competitive workforce, equal economic opportunity, and nonpartisanship in the nation's interest.
Mr. Odland has a business background in consumer and retail sectors, having served as Chairman & CEO of Office Depot, Inc.from 2005-2010; Chairman, President & CEO of AutoZone, Inc. from 2001 until 2005; President & 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 for Peter J. Solomon Company. He is the co-author of "Sustaining Capitalism: Bipartisan Solutions to Restore Trust & Prosperity" (2017).
Mr. Odland's public policy background in addition to CED includes: member of the Business Roundtable and Chairman of the BRT's 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.
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