In 2024, the “FULFILLING HOPE” fundraising campaign supporting life-saving cancer and diabetes research and treatment at City of Hope will be led by Harry Dochelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Essendant and 2024 NBPI Spirit of Life® Honoree. 

The Spirit of Life award is City of Hope’s highest honor bestowed to individuals who exemplify the ideals and values that have guided City of Hope for more than a century, and whose professional and humanitarian accomplishments are worthy of celebration.

Your generous contributions could not be in greater need as cancer and diabetes research and treatment remain the life-line to so many patients across the country and around the world. More than 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year – statistically, 1 in 3 people in the US will get cancer in their lifetime.


Harry Dochelli 

President and CEO


Harry Dochelli is the President & CEO of Essendant. He was appointed to the role in 2019 to drive the company’s growth strategy, deliver an exceptional customer experience and foster a winning culture that delivers strong results. He first joined Essendant (formerly United Stationers) in 2012 as Vice President of IDC Sales. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales & Customer Care in 2013, then to President of Office & Facilities in 2016.

Dochelli has nearly 30 years of proven experience in distribution and wholesale companies having held numerous leadership roles in sales, marketing and operations. His expertise spans office and industrial product categories with independent resellers, big box retailers and B2B customers.  

Prior to joining Essendant, Dochelli spent four years at Lawson Products leading sales, marketing, customer service, operations, supply chain management, information technology and human resources first as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, then Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  

Additionally, he held previous leadership positions at Boise Cascade Corporation (known today as OfficeMax/Office Depot, Inc.), including Executive Vice President of North America Contract Sales. In this role he led a multi-channel sales force that included field sales representatives, sales operations, five customer service centers and one outbound telesales center.

Dochelli earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Ursinus College and participated in the Executive MBA program at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He resides in Naperville, Illinois with his wife Sheryl and has three grown children. He is a member of the National Business Products Council for the City of Hope and a board member of ISSA.