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Staples Appoints Christine Putur Chief Information Officer

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Jul 20, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced the promotion of Christine Putur to chief information officer. In her new role, Putur will have global responsibility for information technology strategy and execution. Putur will report to John Mahoney, Staples vice chairman and chief financial officer.

"Chris has demonstrated great leadership at Staples," said Mahoney. "She has deep knowledge of our customers and company with proven ability to align information systems to business goals. Chris will drive the IT organization as an important part of our success in the years to come."

Putur joined Staples in 1999, and has since held various leadership roles on the company's e-commerce, technology strategy, program management and US Retail technology teams. She most recently served as senior vice president of information systems for the company's North American Delivery businesses.

Putur succeeds Brian Light, who will lead the company's efforts around enhancing the customer experience across Staples' retail, delivery and contract businesses globally.

About Staples

Staples is the world's largest office products company and a trusted source for office solutions. The company provides products, services and expertise in office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and breakroom, and furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the world in eCommerce sales. With 90,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, making it easy for businesses of all sizes, and consumers. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.

SOURCE: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Owen Davis, 508-253-1078
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