Mr. Odland is the President & CEO of The Conference Board, Inc., the most widely cited private source of business intelligence. He brings to The Conference Board an extensive corporate background. He formerly served as Chairman & CEO of Office Depot, Inc. from 2005-2010; Chairman, President & CEO of AutoZone, Inc. from 2001 until 2005; and President & CEO of Tops Markets, Inc. from 1998 to 2000. From 2013-2018 he was President and CEO of The Conference Board’s public policy Center, the Committee for Economic Development.
Mr. Odland also possesses a strong policy background. From 2004 to 2006, he was Chairman of the Business Roundtable’s Corporate Governance Task Force. Previously, Odland was a U.S. Presidential appointee as a Commissioner on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission; a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; a U.S. Presidential Appointee on the Council on Service and Civic Participation; and a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Corporate Ethics. He also formerly served as an Adjunct Professor in the graduate schools of business at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University.
He has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from The University of Notre Dame and a Master’s of Management degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of General Mills, Inc., is a Senior Advisor at PJ Solomon, and is a CNBC Contributor.