Ron is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Staples. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2005 and has served as CEO since 2002. Ron has held a variety of leadership roles in the company. He was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in 1998, leading Staples' worldwide operations, retail superstores, delivery business, supply chain management and merchandising and marketing initiatives. In 1991 he was responsible for launching Staples' delivery business. Sargent began his career at Staples in 1989 as Regional Vice President, leading the company's market entry in Ohio.
Before joining Staples, Ron held a variety of positions at the grocery chain, The Kroger Company where he did jobs ranging from stocking shelves and working in the mailroom to store operations, human resources, strategy, sales and marketing.
He currently serves on the Board of The Kroger Co. Ron is also a member of the board of advisors to the Boston College Carroll School of Management. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Ron's favorite office product is the Staples® One–Touch™ stapler.