NAPERVILLE, Ill. — OfficeMax announced that Steve Parsons has been appointed EVP and chief human resources officer, effective July 25. In this position, Parsons will report to Ravi Saligram, president and CEO of OfficeMax, and will be responsible for all aspects of global human resources for the company, including talent management, compensation and benefits, training, leadership development, recruitment, diversity, and internal and corporate communications.
Most recently, Parsons was SVP human resources at Rite Aid Corp., a $25 billion organization, where he was instrumental in integrating the Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy drugstore chain into Rite Aid following its acquisition. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of human resources and change management, serving 92,000 associates across more than 4,700 stores and 12 distribution centers.
Prior to Rite Aid, Parsons was SVP human resources at Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy, and he also held senior human resources positions at Sears Holdings, where he led the human resources team responsible for their softlines business and customer care network. He also worked for Whirlpool where he managed a variety of human resources functions, including leading several global initiatives in Europe and Asia.