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Carole Johnson Appointed Staples Senior Vice President of Advertising

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 24, 2006--Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) announced today the appointment of Carole Johnson to senior vice president of advertising. Reporting to Shira Goodman, Staples executive vice president of marketing, Johnson will have responsibility for developing and producing all marketing communications for Staples U.S. Retail business, Staples Business Delivery, Staples Contract division and the company's Canadian delivery business.

"Carole brings a wealth of experience to this critical position," said Goodman. "She will play a key role as we further differentiate the Staples easy brand, consistently affirming that Staples helps make work life easier. Her leadership and creativity will help build even stronger connections with our loyal customers while attracting new customers to Staples as their office products company of choice."

Previously, Johnson was vice president of marketing for AAi.FosterGrant, a leading supplier of sunglass and optical products. Prior to that, she was vice president of marketing at Monster, the largest Internet job search engine, where she drove dramatic growth through advertising campaigns. Prior to Monster, Johnson served for more than twenty years at The Gillette Company in a range of executive positions in sales, marketing and business management. She is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She lives in Southborough, Massachusetts and has two daughters.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 65,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2004 sales of $14.4 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,716 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at

CONTACT: Staples, Inc.
Owen Davis, 508-253-8468

SOURCE: Staples, Inc.