Staples Names Peter J. Scala to Executive Vice President Merchandising

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 20, 2015-- Staples, Inc., (NASDAQ: SPLS) today announced that it has named Peter J. Scala, executive vice president, merchandising, effective immediately. Scala will report to Demos Parneros, president, North American stores and online, and will be a member of the company's Executive Committee.

"Peter is a passionate leader who has driven innovative thinking and strong partnerships during his career at Staples," said Demos Parneros, president North American stores and online, Staples. "He will make a tremendous impact in his new role as we continue to provide our customers everything they need to succeed."

Most recently, Scala served as senior vice president of merchandising, online marketplace, leading the rapid expansion of Staples' product assortment to support small and mid-size business customers. Scala and his team's efforts helped to grow Staples beyond office supplies and have helped redefine how customers think of Staples. Prior to his current role, Scala held a variety of leadership positions within merchandising, including senior vice president/general merchandising manager technology. As senior vice president, technology innovation, he led key advancements as head of Staples Future Tech and Best Tech initiatives. Scala joined Staples in 1996.

Scala replaces Mike Edwards who resigned from Staples to pursue other interests.

About Staples
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it's in-store, online, on mobile devices, or through the company's innovative buy online, pick-up in store option. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at