Since the day Elisa Garcia walked in the door as Office Depot’s general counsel in 2007, she’s had to be at the top of her game.

On her second day on the job, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began a major investigation of the company. The following year, the office supply company started discussing a potential merger with rival OfficeMax, but the deal fell through. That was also the year the financial meltdown hit. In 2010, one week after Office Depot’s then-chief executive officer settled improper disclosure charges with the SEC, he resigned, and a new CEO stepped in.

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