Staples has a new CEO

Gina Acosta
Executive Editor
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Staples has hired the president of Coca-Cola North America as its new chief executive.

The company has appointed J. Alexander (Sandy) Douglas as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 2. Douglas will succeed Shira Goodman as CEO.

John Lederer, Executive Chairman of Staples, Inc. and its separate United States and Canadian Retail Businesses, will lead the Company on a day-to-day basis during the transition.

Douglas most recently served as President of Coca-Cola North America, where he led the $10 billion revenue business, encompassing all aspects of their consumer and business-to-business operations. During his 30-year tenure at The Coca-Cola Company, he also served as Global Chief Customer Officer, and held a variety of positions across sales and marketing.

Douglas began his career at the Procter & Gamble Company in sales and sales management positions.

“I am honored to be joining Staples, Inc. as CEO,” said Douglas. “Together with the Company’s leadership and its associates, we will work to drive the business forward as we continue to deliver exceptional products, service and expertise to Staples’ customers.”