Office Depot appoints Mike McCreesh to lead procurement

1 June 2012

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1 June 2012 | Kamalpreet Badasha

Office Depot has appointed Mike McCreesh as procurement and supply chain director for the UK and Ireland.

McCreesh will lead the supply chain team which compromises of almost 50 per cent of the total employees in UK and Ireland. He will be based at both the Manchester and Leicester offices. He was most recently responsible for supply chain development, property, maintenance and engineering in his role as the head of distribution for the UK and Ireland. Prior to this he spent four years in transport management and five years in distribution. McCreesh began his career at Office Depot in 1998 as a warehouse operative.

In the new role McCreesh is bringing about changes. “Our supply chain is now diversifying, for example the facilities management category in which we provide glassware and furniture. It is becoming a one-stop offering a range of products and services,” he told SM. “The future supply chain strategy involves building flexibility and convenience into our services. One of the ways of doing this is the introduction of evening deliveries between 7 p.m. and midnight.”

The supply chain team and McCreesh are at present completing the business leadership programme at Warwick Business School they began in 2010. The course involves the Office Depot supply chain being benchmarked against competitors in four categories: operational excellence, strategic fit, capability to adapt and unique voice.

“We are now nearing the end and as a team we have an excellent opportunity to be amongst the first supply chains in the world to achieve the accreditation,” he said. “Our supply chain capabilities are what sets us apart within our industry and what enables us to work in true partnership with our customers.”

John Moore, Office Depot regional vice president for the UK and Ireland, said in a statement: “During his time at the helm of distribution, Mike has delivered significant financial value to the business, and has been instrumental in creating world class distribution centres that lead the way in productivity across the globe.”

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