May 3, 2010, 10:13 AM

Former Office Depot exec heads for the top job at Ulta Salon

Chuck Rubin, former president of North American Retail at Office Depot Inc., is joining multichannel retailer Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. as president and chief operating officer. He will become CEO after a transition period of up to four months, succeeding Lyn Kirby.

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Chuck Rubin, former president of North American Retail at Office Depot Inc., is joining multichannel retailer Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. as president and chief operating officer. He will become CEO after a transition period of up to four months, succeeding Lyn Kirby.

"Chuck's extensive retail background and knowledge of retailing will be highly valuable to us as the company continues to execute its proven strategy and maintain its successful track record of growth,” says Kirby, who will continue to provide guidance to Rubin through March 2011, as a member of the Ulta board of directors.

Rubin, who has also been appointed to the Ulta board through March 2011, has 30 years of retail industry experience. He joined Office Depot in 2004 as executive vice president and chief merchandise and marketing officer, and became president of North American Retail in 2006.

Prior to Office Depot, Rubin was a partner in the consulting division of business services firm Accenture, where he led client engagements in multiple retail formats and e-commerce businesses. Rubin is also a member of the executive committee of the board of directors for the National Retail Federation, an industry trade group that includes the Shop.org online retailing organization.

Ulta is No. 356 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide; Office Depot is No. 5.

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