FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 2013--
Staples, Inc., the world’s largest office products company and second
largest internet retailer, today announced that John Burke, senior vice
president, business services, has been named senior vice president,
chief culture officer.
In this newly created role, Burke will lead global efforts focused on
building Staples’ culture and will be responsible for driving improved
associate engagement. He will champion Staples’ approach to ethics,
environmental sustainability, community relations, and diversity and
inclusion. Burke will also serve as president of the Staples Foundation,
the company’s non-profit philanthropic organization.
“Staples has a unique culture that is critical to Staples’ long-term
success,” said Ron Sargent, Staples’ chairman and chief executive
officer. “John has a long record of successful leadership and a deep
understanding of Staples culture. He will be instrumental in ensuring
that Staples’ culture and values support our business transformation.”
Burke will be responsible for driving awareness and coordinating
Staples’ approach to corporate responsibility. He will act as Staples’
culture ambassador, both internally and externally, and will advise the
executive team on related topics.
“I am excited for the opportunity to help embed Staples’ values more
deeply throughout the organization at such a transformational time,”
said Burke. “This position shows our leadership’s commitment to our
associates and to our culture, values and behavior.”
Burke joined Staples more than 23 years ago and led its Business
Services team for 12 years. During his tenure, he built Copy & Print
into a key growth vehicle and a critical part of Staples’ future. Early
in the company’s history, he also served as vice president of human
resources. Most recently, Burke led Staples Global Print Solutions
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second
largest internet retailer. The company provides products, services and
expertise in office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and
breakroom and furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept
in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the
world in eCommerce sales. With 88,000 associates
worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout North and South
America, Europe, Asia and Australia, making it easy for businesses of
all sizes, and consumers. The company is headquartered outside Boston.
More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
Source: Staples, Inc.
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