Staples names chief culture officer

Framingham, Mass. -- Staples announced that John Burke, SVP business services, has been named to the newly created position of SVP chief culture officer. Burke joined Staples more than 23 years ago and led its Business Services team for 12 years.

In his new 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 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.