Staples CEO Named Chairman of the Board
Framingham, Mass., Staples, Inc. has named Ron Sargent, its president and CEO since 2002, chairman of the board of directors. He will succeed Staples founder Tom Stemberg, who resigned from his post and will serve as chairman emeritus of the board. “In the past three years, Ron Sargent has stepped up to lead Staples to record performance,” said Tom Stemberg in a statement. “Under Ron’s leadership the company has delivered outstanding results for our customers, associates and shareholders. As I look to new ventures, the time is right for me to move on and for Ron to assume the role of chairman.”
Investors Bid $5 Billion for Toys ‘R’ Us
Paramus, N.J., Aprivate-investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management LP has offered to buy Toys “R” Us Inc. for about $5 billion, according to today’s Wall Street Journal. Reportedly, the bid was placed last month, but garnered a cool response from Toys “R” Us.
In addition to Cerberus, the investment group includes Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Kimco Realty Corp. Other suitors for the toy retailer reportedly include Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.; a partnership between Apollo Advisors LP and Permira Advisors Ltd.; and an alliance between Bain Capital LLC and Vornado Realty Trust.
Staples to Sell Office Supplies in Ahold Stores
Framingham, Mass., Staples and Ahold USA forged an alliance under which the office-products retailer will sell its goods in Staples-branded aisles at Ahold supermarkets.
Staples will make its debut at Ahold’s 550 Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover supermarkets in July, in time for the back-to-school selling season. The aisles will stock between 500 and 1,200 school and office supplies, a good chunk of the 7,500 items Staples stores typically carry.
The arrangement mirrors a deal under which Albertsons sells some toys in its stores through a collaboration with Toys “R” Us. Albertsons also has a similar arrangement in some markets with Staples rival Office Depot.