Ex-Borders exec to lead Staples merchandising

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — The company announced the appointment Thursday and said Edward would served as EVP U.S. retail merchandising reporting to Demos Parneros, president of U.S. retail for Staples. 

“Mike brings proven leadership, great knowledge and experience to Staples,” said Parneros. “Mike will drive innovative merchandising initiatives across our U.S. stores, enabling us to continue to meet the evolving needs of the millions of small businesses and consumers who rely on Staples as their trusted source for office solutions.” 

Edwards previously served as president and CEO of Borders Group, Inc. and had also served as the company’s chief merchant. Prior to Borders, he was president and CEO of Lucy Activewear an dhe also served in senior leadership roles at Jo-Ann Stores and West Marine. Edwards graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor of science in business administration.

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