Executive vp to leave Home Depot

Bob DeRodes, executive vp and chief information officer of Home Depot, will leave the company at the end of the year.

DeRodes will continue his responsibilities for Home Depot’s information technology until his departure. The company will begin an immediate search to replace him, with DeRodes’ assistance.

"Bob has led a significant IT transformation at The Home Depot, and we thank him for his contributions to our company," Frank Blake, Home Depot's chairman and CEO, said in a company release. “We are pleased he will remain with us through the transition to ensure that our business technology transformation initiatives continue to run smoothly.”

DeRodes joined Home Depot in February 2002 and developed and built the company's IT infrastructure, facilitating numerous initiatives including self-checkout; continual point of sale upgrades; and BEAR, the company's back-end automated receiving system. Under DeRodes, Home Depot also implemented SAP Finance and opened the Austin Technology Center in 2005, which provided backup systems and security for the company's data management infrastructure.