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Vale named president of Staples Europe

BY CSA STAFF

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Staples announced the appointment of Rob Vale as president of Staples Europe. In this new position for the company, Vale will report to Peter Ventress, president of Staples International.

“Rob has tremendous experience in the office products industry and in leading European businesses,” said Ventress. “His proven leadership and management skills will drive the growth of Staples Europe as we work to be the world’s best office products company.”

Vale joins Staples with nearly 20 years of experience in the European office products industry. He previously served as CEO of Spicers, an office products wholesale distributor.

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Office Depot honored for helping women in business

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BOCA RATON, Fla. The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council named Office Depot to the organization’s annual listing of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises. This marks the eighth consecutive year that Office Depot has been included on this selective list honoring corporations for world class supplier diversity programs.

In its inclusion on WBENC’s 2008 list, Office Depot was recognized for its company-wide programs and initiatives that provide WBEs equal access to corporate contracts for goods and services.

“Our top corporations are world-class leaders in producing innovation and growth through partnerships with women’s business enterprises,” said Linda Denny, President and CEO of WBENC. “WBENC is proud to recognize Office Depot and the company’s world-class supplier diversity program for the eighth consecutive year. Office Depot is a leader in its commitment to women in business and in its ability to consistently break down barriers that impede WBEs from gaining fair access to procurement opportunities.”

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New CEO named at Shopko

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GREEN BAY, Wis. Shopko announced today that its CEO, Michael MacDonald has made a decision to leave the company to pursue another opportunity. His last day will be April 3.

Shopko also announced the appointment of Paul Jones, the company’s president and chief merchandising officer, as Shopko’s new CEO, effective April 6.

Jones joined Shopko in November 2007 after a successful 20-year career highlighted by senior leadership roles in the department store sector, mid-tier chain stores and big box retailers. His prior employers have included May Department Stores, Kohl’s and Sears. Since joining Shopko, Jones has successfully implemented an entirely new merchandising strategy based on differentiated brands and strong promotional values.

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