Steve’s breakdown: Check out the featured video to get a sense of what Shira Goodman, the new CEO, is like. She’s been with the company for 24 years.
Is there change on the horizon, I’d say back to what made Staples great.
FRAMINGHAM, MA: Staples
has chosen a company veteran as its new CEO.
The retailer on Monday named Shira Goodman as its president and CEO and as a member of its board of directors, effective immediately. Goodman, who has been been with Staples 24 years, has been serving as interim CEO since May when she took over for Ron Sargent, who resigned in the wake of the company’s failed attempt to acquire rival Office Deport.
“This decision was not only based on her long tenure and deep understanding of our industry, but also on the leadership qualities she has demonstrated while serving as interim CEO,” said Robert Sulentic, Independent Lead Director. “Having joined Staples in 1992, Shira has a thorough understanding of our customers and operations which she combines with the outside-in thinking critical to competing in today’s marketplace.”
During her career at Staples, Goodman has served in key leadership positions, including president, North American Operations; president, North American Commercial; executive VP of global growth; executive VP of human resources, and executive VP of marketing.
“I am committed to executing our Staples 20/20 strategy which is focused on accelerating growth with mid-market customers in North America and building on our momentum with products and services beyond office supplies,” Goodman said. “We have an incredible team of dedicated associates and I am proud to lead them as we transform our company and create long term shareholder value.”