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Yalmaz Siddiqui served as Chair of SPLC’s founding Board of Directors. He is Office Depot’s Senior Director of Environmental and Supplier Diversity Strategy. He is responsible for setting strategic direction and integrating a wide range of environmental programs into the global organization. Yalmaz’s internal role is to initiate, facilitate and communicate environmental programs that are then implemented through Office Depot’s core functions such as merchandising, purchasing, construction and marketing. He also helps educate suppliers and customers on environmental issues and opportunities. His goal is to help improve the environmental performance of Office Depot and its range of stakeholders. Yalmaz came to Office Depot from IBM Business Consulting Services where he was a Senior Consultant in Customer Relationship Management, and author of the first global study on environmental purchasing of wood and paper products. Before IBM, he was a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on the forest, paper and packaging industries.