Ronald L. Sargent
2012 compensation: $6.4 million
2011 compensation: $8.8 million
Sargent has been chief executive since February 2002 and has worked for the company since 1989.
The company’s sales dropped 1.2 percent last year and Staples is making changes.
It plans to cut in half most of its biggest locations as leases expire. This year, 45 of them will be transformed into sleeker new “omnichannel” stores designed to blend mobile, online, and in-store shopping.