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Staples, Inc. Appoints Cynthia Pevehouse Senior Vice President, General Counsel

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 5, 2011-- Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced the appointment of Cynthia Pevehouse to senior vice president, general counsel, effective Jan. 3, 2012. Pevehouse will have global management responsibility for the company’s Legal team and report to Ron Sargent, Staples’ chairman and chief executive officer.

Staples, Inc. Appoints Cynthia Pevehouse Senior Vice President, General Counsel (Photo: Business Wir ...

Staples, Inc. Appoints Cynthia Pevehouse Senior Vice President, General Counsel (Photo: Business Wire)

“Cynthia brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to Staples,” said Sargent. “With her extensive legal management experience and proven leadership, Cynthia will play an important part in supporting the company’s growth.”

Pevehouse joins Staples from international law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP where she served as senior counsel advising senior management and boards of directors. Previously, she served as executive vice president and general counsel at Allianz of America Corporation. Prior to Allianz of America, Pevehouse served in senior legal positions in the technology industry, including general counsel at Polycom, Inc. and Ask Jeeves, Inc. and a senior role at Compaq Computer Corporation. She holds a J.D. from Williamette University School of Law.

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.

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Staples, Inc.
Owen Davis, 508-253-8468
Owen.davis@staples.com