OfficeMax Announces Appointment of Bruce Besanko to USO of Illinois Board of Directors

CHICAGO, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- OfficeMax® Incorporated (NYSE:OMX), a leader in office and facility supplies, technology and services, today announced that Bruce Besanko, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the USO of Illinois. Besanko will join the USO's Finance Committee and serve a three-year term.

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"It is a privilege to become involved with this outstanding organization that does so much to support our service members and their families," said Besanko. "At OfficeMax, we have a rich history in diversity and inclusion, and of honoring members of the military and veterans. As more troops return home, there will be much to do to help these men and women transition to civilian life. Our company recognizes the opportunity we have to work with other local business partners to attract, retain and develop military individuals. I look forward to advancing the USO of Illinois' mission and legacy in service to the region's military community."

"The USO of Illinois is thrilled to welcome Mr. Besanko to its Board of Directors," said Alison Ruble, President and CEO, USO of Illinois. "As a volunteer-driven organization that relies on the support of the community and those who build it to provide services to almost 300,000 troops and their families annually, the experience that Mr. Besanko brings—both as a business leader and military veteran—is truly an asset that will help the USO continue its mission of serving those who serve."

OfficeMax has a strong presence in the Chicagoland area, serving local businesses and consumers through an integrated sales and customer service team, and more than 40 stores and two distribution facilities in the immediate region. OfficeMax multi-national headquarters are also located in Naperville. OfficeMax is also the proud sponsor of the MaxSalutes associate resource group, which serves as a support network for company associates who are veterans, active duty and reserve military, as well as their families.

About OfficeMax
OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leader in integrating products, solutions and services for the workplace, whether for business or at home.  The OfficeMax mission is simple: We provide workplace innovation that enables our customers to work better.  The company provides office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and consumers.  OfficeMax consumers and business customers are served by approximately 29,000 associates through OfficeMax.com; OfficeMaxSolutions.com and Reliable.com; more than 900 stores in the U.S. and Mexico; and direct sales and catalogs. OfficeMax has been named one of the 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies, and is the only company in the office supply industry to receive Ethics Inside® Certification by the Ethisphere Institute.  To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX.  For more information, visit www.officemax.com.

About USO of Illinois
The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families. The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. The USO of Illinois is a civilian 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, not a government agency. We are supported solely by the generosity of the American people.

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of OfficeMax Incorporated. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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