FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 25, 2016--
Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced leadership changes as it
creates a more efficient, focused organization.
“We are streamlining the organization and building a simplified
structure that will speed decision-making and enable us to focus on
driving profitable growth,” said Ron Sargent, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer. “These changes will help us compete in a rapidly
evolving marketplace, either as a standalone company or in combination
with Office Depot.”
Shira Goodman, currently President, North American Commercial, has been
named President, North American Operations. She will have responsibility
for Staples’ business-to-business, online and retail operations across
the United States and Canada. Goodman joined Staples in 1992 and played
a key role in developing Staples’ delivery business model. She has
served in a number of senior roles across the company, including
strategy, marketing, human resources and operations.
John Wilson, currently President, Staples Europe, has been named
President, International Operations and Transformation. He will have
responsibility for operations in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Latin
America and Asia. He will also be responsible for the company’s strategy
and overall transformation efforts. Wilson served as Chief Financial
Officer at Staples from 1992-1996. He rejoined Staples in 2012 and will
continue to be based in Amsterdam.
Demos Parneros, President, North American Stores and Online, announced
his resignation from Staples, effective March 31. Otis Pannell, Senior
Vice President, U.S Retail Operations, will have responsibility for
retail operations in the United States and will report to Goodman.
Pannell joined Staples in 1989, serving in a number of retail leadership
positions across the United States.
“John, Shira and Otis have deep knowledge of Staples, and I’m very
excited to work with them in their new roles as we position Staples for
the future,” Sargent said. “I want to thank Demos for all he has done to
help build Staples. Over nearly 30 years, he has played a significant
role in making Staples the leader in our industry, touching countless
people and developing many of our strongest leaders and associates. I
will miss working with him as a valued colleague. “
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with
more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail,
online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however
and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile
devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology,
facilities and break room supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical
supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping
for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered
outside of Boston, Staples operates in North and South America, Europe,
Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS)
is available at www.staples.com.
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Source: Staples, Inc.
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