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Staples, Inc. Appoints Paul Capelli Vice President of Public Relations
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Sep 23, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), today announced the appointment of Paul Capelli to vice president of public relations, effective immediately. With more than 15 years of corporate and marketing public relations experience representing world-class organizations, Capelli will now drive the company's communications strategies across all business units. He will report to Shira Goodman, Staples executive vice president of Marketing.

"Paul brings a terrific blend of experience in demonstrating industry leadership, building increased brand awareness and developing comprehensive communications strategies," said Ron Sargent, Staples president and chief executive officer. "I am excited to add Paul to our management team and work closely with him to support Staples' Back to Brighton strategy and drive communications efforts across our business."

Most recently, Capelli served as vice president of public relations and a member of CNBC Television's executive management team. He was responsible for CNBC's global corporate communications and helped the network attain its highest levels of viewership and recognition as the world's leading business news channel. Prior to CNBC, Capelli was a senior public relations executive for Amazon.com where he designed and executed corporate and brand building strategies, building the company's customer-centric reputation. During Capelli's tenure, Amazon.com evolved from an online book store to become the world's leading multi-product online retailer. His efforts helped Amazon.com became a globally recognized brand that garnered extensive media awareness, including CEO Jeff Bezos being named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" in 1999.

Previously, Capelli served as a senior vice president with Ketchum Public Relations where he represented global Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries including retail, consumer products, sports and finance. He also directed the company's Miami office, which included national U.S. Hispanic and Latin America network operations.

Capelli holds a bachelor's degree in Communications and Public Relations from Rowan University and has received numerous public relations industry awards including the PRSA Silver Anvil. He is a member of the PRSA and the Arthur W. Page Society.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. is an $11 billion retailer of office supplies, business services, furniture and technology to consumers and businesses from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has approximately 53,000 associates serving customers through more than 1,400 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at http://www.staples.com.

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