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Staples Promotes Jane Biering to Senior Vice President, Logistics Christine Komola Also Promoted to Vice President, Planning and Control

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 6, 1998--Staples Inc., announced today the promotion of Jane Biering to senior vice president, Logistics for Staples' $1 billion Contract and Commercial division, and Christine Komola to vice president, Planning and Control for Staples Inc. Ms. Biering will report to Ron Sargent, president, North American Operations. Ms. Komola will report to Robert Mayerson, senior vice president and corporate controller.

Ms. Biering will be responsible for creating and managing the logistics strategy for the distribution centers and transportation network. In her prior position as vice president, Logistics Integration, Ms. Biering was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the multichannel distribution network for Staples' Contract and Commercial business. Since joining Staples in 1990, Ms. Biering has made significant contributions in the areas of marketing and customer service.

Ms. Biering is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School.

Christine Komola is responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting and long range planning for Staples. Prior to this promotion, Ms. Komola served as assistant controller and worked as manager, Accounting and Auditing at Ernst & Young LLP before joining Staples in 1997.

Ms. Komola is a graduate of Miami University.

Staples, Inc. is a $5 billion retailer of office supplies, furniture and technology to consumers and businesses from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. Staples, headquartered outside Boston, Mass., invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The Company, which has grown earnings per share at a 40 percent compound rate over the last five years, has 30,000 employees serving the business customer through more than 800 office superstores, mail order catalogs and a contract business.

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