56-year-old David Sherwin said that he has been diagnosed with terminal prostrate and bone cancer. The pain management and hormone therapy he is undergoing would be used to try and improve the quality of his life.
Sherwin has been a critic of Office Depot since April 2008 when he was dismissed from Office Depot for sending a ‘profane’ email to then-CEO Steve Odland. Since then, Sherwin has almost single-handedly run a campaign to expose alleged price switching and overcharging in Office Depot’s US government contracts business.
His main focus has been on Office Depot’s $600 million US Communities cooperative contract where, as an Office Depot senior Account Manager, he had in-depth knowledge of the contract and its pricing plans.
Sherwin’s continuous efforts led to a growing number of audits by municipal, school, county and state auditors which have resulted in millions of dollars in refunds by Office Depot.
Sherwin has been instrumental in paving the way for a rebidding of the US Communities contract last year, ultimately leading to the new contract being awarded to Independent Stationers (IS). “I think David Sherwin has done a tremendous service, not only to the independent dealer community, but to the industry as a whole,” commented IS CEO Mike Gentile at the time.
Despite his terminal illness, Sherwin says he is not about to let up in his campaign against Office Depot.