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Report: Office supplies giant names new CIO as it gears up for big initiative

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Staples named a new technology chief who is expected to step up the company’s IT initiatives.

Staples named Pragati Mathur as CIO. In addition to overseeing all retail, point-of-sale, corporate and supply chain systems company-wide, she will be tasked with leading the company’s shift towards the public cloud — a first of its kind initiative for Staples, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal and The Street. Most recently, Mathur was with Biogen, where she led technology and business solutions.

By adding a cloud-based platform, Staples can scale its infrastructure on an on-demand basis, saving the company money, and improving availability. Anticipating using a mix of cloud systems, Staples has reached out to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft about its Azure solution, the report said.

Mathur replaces former Tom Conophy, who left Staples last fall. She will report to CTO Faisal Masud.

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