United Stationers hires former USG exec

United Stationers, a leading distributor of office and business products, has hired Fareed Khan as its senior VP and chief financial officer, effective July 18. He will report directly to Cody Phipps, president and CEO.

Khan, 45, spent 12 years with USG Corp., where he most recently served as executive VP  finance and strategy. His responsibilities included leading all finance, accounting, corporate strategy, information technology, pension and investor relations activities. Prior to that, Khan served as president and CEO of USG Building Systems, USG Corp.’s largest operating unit comprised of U.S. Gypsum Co. and USG Interiors Inc. Other senior level management positions held by Khan at USG included a variety of strategy, business development, marketing, supply chain management and general management roles. 

Before joining USG in 1999, Khan was a consultant with McKinsey & Co., where he served global clients on a variety of projects, including acquisition analysis, supply chain optimization and organization redesign.

Khan succeeds Victoria Reich, who announced her planned departure from the company in November 2010 and has remained in her role to support a smooth transition.

Based in Deerfield, Ill., United Stationers reported 2010 net sales of approximately $4.8 billion.