Schijns leaves the office supply company as it continues to transform into a technology and business services provider
Channel staple Janet Schijns departed Office Depot where she’s served as the chief merchant and services officer, overseeing the company’s development of business and managed technology services sold to and around the channel.
The Lowdown: A fixture in the IT and telecom channels, Schijns is rejoining the consulting firm she founded more than a decade ago, JS Group. Her husband and former Avaya executive, Roy Schijns, is a principle of the firm and restarted the company’s dormant operations last year.
The Details: Schijns’ departure appears amicable. In a phone interview with Channelnomics, Schijns said she enjoyed her time and role at Office Depot, but it was time to return to the consulting ranks.
The Impact: Office Depot shows no signs of changing its operations or strategy.
Background: Schjins joined Office Depot in July 2017 after seven years at Verizon, where she served in sales, marketing and channel leadership roles. At Office Depot, Schijns helped shape the company’s development of Workonomy, a suite of business and technology services sold through and around channel partners. Additionally, Schijns played a role in the incorporation of Office Depot’s managed services offered through CompuCom.
Channelnomics Point of View: Schijns’ departure is rather surprising for several reasons. She’s long held ambitions to join the executive ranks of a company such as Office Depot. And she’s been instrumental in plying new routes to market for the retailer. Nevertheless, Schijns is a consummate strategist who likely sees new opportunities beyond the scope of her role at Office Depot.