J. Alexander Douglas – Chief Executive Officer of Staples, Inc. – Email Address

Mr. James Alexander M. Douglas, Jr., also known as Sandy, has been Chief Executive Officer of Staples Inc. since April 2, 2018. Mr. Douglas was an Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company since April 30, 2015 and served as President of Coca-Cola North America from January 1, 2014 until March 1, 2018. Mr. Douglas served as Senior Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company since January 1, 2013 and served as its Global Chief Customer Officer from January 2003 until 2006. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Coca-Cola North America group at The Coca-Cola Company from August 30, 2006 to August 2010. He served as President of North American Division within the North America strategic business unit of Coca-Cola Company from 2000 to 2003 and also served as its Vice President. Mr. Douglas joined Coca-cola Co. in January 1988 as a District Sales Manager for the Foodservice Division of Coca-Cola USA and held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility. Since May 1994, he served as Vice President of Coca-Cola USA, initially assuming leadership of the CCE Sales & Marketing Group and in 1998 his responsibilities were increased to include the entire North American Field Sales & Marketing Groups. Since 2000, he served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Coca-Cola North America and President of the North American Division since 2001. Mr. Douglas began his career at The Procter & Gamble Company working in a variety of sales and sales management positions. He served as Member of Management Board at GS1 AISBL. He served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of GS1 US, Inc. from December 11, 2007 to December 6, 2010. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of GS1 US, Inc. He was a Non-Executive Director of Coca-Cola European Partners Plc and Coca-Cola European Partners US, LLC since May 28, 2016 until March 1, 2018. He served as a Director of Transora. He served as a Member of the Board of Governors at GS1 US, Inc. He served as Director of Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. from October 26, 2004 to September 1, 2006. He served as an Independent Director of Radiant Systems Inc. from August 2001 to August 24, 2011. He served as a Director of Coca-Cola Co. He serves on the Board for the Atlanta YMCA, the Anglican Studies Advisory Board at the Candler School, Emory University. He is active in beverage and consumer product industry organizations and serves on the boards of the American Beverage Association, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (“GMA”) and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. He also serves on the charity leadership boards of the East Lake Foundation and Morehouse College. He has extensive experience of working with Coca-Cola companies. He spent the majority of his career within the Coca-Cola system and Much of that time has been spent in senior and leadership roles within The Coca-Cola Company. His leadership experience and deep understanding of the business brings key insight to the work of the Board. Mr. Douglas graduated from the University of Virginia in 1983.


Staples, Inc. is an American multinational office supply retailing corporation. It currently comprises over 1,500 stores in North America. Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, Staples also does business extensively with enterprises in the United States and Canada, and as Staples Business Advantage.[4]

Staples sells office supplies, office machines, promotional products, technology, and business services both in stores and online. The company opened its first store in Brighton, Massachusetts, on May 1, 1986.

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