Shira Goodman, who was named interim CEO at Staples last June, will get to keep the corner office.
In announcing the decision, Staples board member Robert Sulentic cited “her long tenure and deep understanding of our industry … the leadership qualities she has demonstrated while serving as interim chief executive officer [and] a thorough understanding of our customers and operations which she combines with the outside-in thinking critical to competing in today’s marketplace.”
Goodman, who joined the office supply chain in 1992, was president of North American operations when she succeeded Ron Sargent following the failed acquisition of No. 2 rival Office Depot.
Prior to that she was president of North American commercial and variously served as executive VP of global growth, human resources and marketing.
“I am both honored and excited to become the chief executive officer of Staples,” Goodman said. “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. 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.”
Sargent will stay on as non-executive chairman through Jan. 28.