Staples, Inc. has announced that John Burke, senior vp/business services, has been named senior vp, chief culture officer. In the newly created role, Burke will lead global efforts to build Staples’ culture, with responsibility for driving improved associate engagement.
Burke will champion Staples’ approach to ethics, the company noted, as well as environmental sustainability, community relations, and diversity and inclusion. He will act as Staples’ culture ambassador, both internally and externally, and will advise the executive team on relevant topics. Burke also will serve as president of the Staples Foundation, the retailer’s non-profit 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.”