Staples appoints new chief culture officer

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Staples has promoted SVP of business services John Burke to SVP, chief culture officer, a newly created role.

Burke will be charged with leading global efforts focused on building Staples’ culture and 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 nonprofit philanthropic organization.

“Staples has a unique culture that is critical to Staples’ long-term success,” said Ron Sargent, Staples’ chairman and CEO. “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 VP of human resources. Most recently, Burke led Staples Global Print Solutions strategy.