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Staples, Inc. Appoints Amee Chande Senior Vice President of Strategy

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 9, 2009-- Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced the appointment of Amee Chande as senior vice president of strategy, responsible for working with senior management to develop all elements of the company’s global strategy. Chande reports to John Mahoney, Staples vice chairman and chief financial officer.

“Amee brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Staples,” said Mahoney. “With her proven leadership skills, Amee will work closely with teams across Staples to build on our company-wide strategic plans.”

Chande joins Staples from Wal-Mart Stores where she served most recently as vice president of new business development and previously as vice president of healthcare strategy and communications. Prior to Wal-Mart, she was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company where she worked with a broad range of retail and consumer goods companies in the US and internationally. Chande earned graduate degrees from Harvard Business School and the London School of Economics, and has lived and worked in Canada, the UK, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong.

About Staples

Staples, the world’s largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2008 sales of $23 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples serves businesses of all sizes and consumers in 27 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In July 2008, Staples acquired Corporate Express, one of the world’s leading suppliers of office products to businesses and institutions. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Source: Staples, Inc.

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