Mr. Sargent served as Chief Executive Officer of Staples, Inc., the World’s Largest Office Supplies Company, from 2002-2016, and was Chairman from 2005-2017. Mr. Sargent joined Staples in 1989, and spent 28 years in various Senior Leadership positions, including President, Chief Operating Officer, President of North American Operations, and President of Staples Contract and Commercial. Mr. Sargent started Staples’ Online Delivery business in 1991, which now represents over 60% of company sales, and is one of the five largest online businesses in North America.
Prior to joining Staples, Mr. Sargent spent 10 years at The Kroger Co., where he served in a variety of roles in Store Operations, Human Resources, Strategic Planning, and Sales and Marketing.
Mr. Sargent currently serves on the Boards of Wells Fargo, The Kroger Co., and Five Below. He previously served on the Boards of Staples, Inc., Home Depot, Mattel, Aramark, and Yankee Candle. In addition, he is a Board member at several Non-Profit Organizations, including Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Vice Chairman of Boys & Girls Club of America and Northeastern University, and a Board Member of City of Hope.
Mr. Sargent holds an A.B. Degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.