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Office Depot exec joins Underwriters Laboratories


Dennis Cohen was named VP and general manager of the responsible sourcing unit of global product safety company Underwriters Laboratories.

Cohen spent the past 14 years at Office Depot, most recently serving as senior director of private brand operations and global sourcing. In that capacity, Cohen directed five departments and was responsible for the strategy development and operational execution of Office Depot’s $3.5 billion private brand business. He also served as director of supply chain transportation and logistics at Office Depot.

“We are very excited to have Dennis Cohen join UL’s management team. He brings a proven track record as a strategic leader and a wealth of experience, from corporate social responsibility and sustainability to quality assurance and customer service to sourcing and brand strategy, to his new position,” said Sajeev Jesudas, president of UL Verification Services.

In his role as VP and general manager of UL Responsible Sourcing, Cohen will be responsible for strategic and operational plans and reports to Jesudas.

UL Responsible Sourcing is a leading global provider of corporate responsibility auditing and ethical sourcing consulting services, which include monitoring, training, research, and program development. Those capabilities are offered under the umbrella of UL Verification Services, which in turn is one of five business units at UL (Underwriters Laboratories). The 117 year old company employs 6,800 people in 96 countries in business units that include product safety, environment, life and health, university, and verification services.

Cohen received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and his BS in marketing and supply chain management from Ohio State University.

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