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Staples Appoints Neil Ringel Executive Vice President of Staples Advantage

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Staples Appoints Neil Ringel Executive Vice President of Staples Advantage08:30 EDT Thursday, June 14, 2012 FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (Business Wire) -- Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced the promotion of Neil Ringel to executive vice president of Staples Advantage, the company's business-to-business division. Ringel will have overall responsibility for Staples Advantage in North America and report to Joe Doody, president of Staples North American Delivery. “Neil has demonstrated great leadership at Staples,” said Doody. “He has deep knowledge of the Staples Advantage business and has been a driving force in unifying our total portfolio of products, services and expertise for our contract customers. There is no one better qualified to lead the growth of Staples Advantage in the years to come.” Ringel joined Staples in 1995 and worked to help launch the Staples Advantage business. Since then, he held a number of positions in senior sales management and has played a key role in driving growth in the division. In addition to office supplies, Staples Advantage is growing its portfolio of solutions, including facilities and breakroom, print, promotional products, furniture and technology. Ringel most recently served as senior vice president of Staples Advantage. Ringel succeeds Jay Baitler, who will retire in October after 17 years leading Staples Advantage. “We thank Jay for his tremendous leadership of and remarkable contributions to Staples Advantage and the company overall,” said Doody. “Jay's legacy will have a lasting impact on Staples, and we wish him all the best in the years ahead.” About Staples Advantage Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to the Fortune 1000, including global businesses, local, state and federal government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions. The Staples Advantage one source solution includes comprehensive products and services from office supplies, technology and printing to promotional products, furniture and facility supplies. Dedicated to providing organizations with greater cost savings and improved ordering efficiencies, Staples Advantage provides a customized level of account support and best-in-class customer service. More information is available at http://www.staplesadvantage.com/. 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 88,000 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. Staples, Inc.Owen Davis, 508-253-8468owen.davis@staples.com