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Staples Appoints Kirk Saville Vice President of Global Communications

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Staples Appoints Kirk Saville Vice President of Global Communications09:15 EST Thursday, January 12, 2012 FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (Business Wire) -- Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced the appointment of Kirk Savilleas vice president of global communications. Saville will report to Steve Fund, Staples senior vice president of global marketing. “Kirk brings great experience and skills to Staples,” said Fund. “He'll guide communications initiatives that help build our global brand and advance our evolving reputation as a trusted source for office solutions.” Saville will lead integrated communications at Staples that engage customers, associates and other stakeholders. He will oversee Staples' internal and corporate communications, marketing public relations, community relations and corporate events. Saville joins Staples from The Hershey Company, where he served as vice president of corporate communications, in support of the company's strategic objectives and brands. Prior to Hershey, he served in communications and public relations management roles at Aspect Communications, a telecommunications software company, and Bell Labs, the research and development arm of Lucent Technologies. Previously, Saville was a journalist, working at major newspapers. He holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. 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 Staples, Inc.Owen Davis,