Staples names North America chief

Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) has named Steve Matyas president of its North American retail operations as the office supply chain continues to reorganize operations following its failed merger with Office Depot.

Matyas has spent more than 25 years with the retailer's Canadian operations, joining then-Business Depot Ltd. as its first employee in March 1991. He has also served as VP of operations, human resources and store planning and VP of sales and operations.

"Steve has over 25 years of deep experience leading Staples Canada, and a proven track record of delivering profitable growth and innovation," said Shira Goodman, Staples' interim CEO. "Realigning our retail leadership will strengthen our position as we continue to right size our store network and evolve to meet the changing needs of business customers."

Staples CEO Ron Sargent resigned after the proposed $6 billion merger between the company and Office Depot failed. Since then the company has begun paring back its store count and recently began exploring the sale of its U.K. business.

For more:
- see this Staples press release

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