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Staples Inc (SPLS.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Ronald Sargent

60 2016 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Shira Goodman

54 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jeffrey Hall

49 2017 Vice Chairman of the Board, Chief Administrative Officer

Joseph Doody

64 2014 Vice Chairman

Christine Komola

48 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Steve Matyas

2016 President, North American Retail

Michael Williams

62 2014 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Mark Conte

50 2015 Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller

Faisal Masud

2016 Chief Technology Officer

Robert Sulentic

59 2015 Lead Independent Director

Drew Faust

68 2012 Independent Director

Paul-Henri Ferrand

52 2015 Independent Director

Kunal Kamlani

43 2015 Independent Director

Carol Meyrowitz

62 2007 Independent Director

Vijay Vishwanath

56 2007 Independent Director

Paul Walsh

66 1990 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Ronald Sargent

Mr. Ronald L. Sargent is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. Prior to that, he served in various capacities since joining Staples in March 1989, including President from November 1998 to January 2006, Chief Operating Officer from November 1998 to February 2002, President—North American Operations from October 1997 to November 1998, and President—Staples Contract & Commercial from June 1994 to October 1997.

Shira Goodman

Ms. Shira D. Goodman serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. She was re-designated as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company. effective June 14, 2016. Previously, she served as President, North American Commercial since February 2014, Executive Vice President of Global Growth since February 2012, Executive Vice President of Human Resources since March 2009, and Executive Vice President of Marketing since May 2001. Prior to that, she served in various capacities since joining Staples in 1992, including Senior Vice President of Staples Direct, Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing, and Vice President of Contract & Commercial.

Jeffrey Hall

Mr. Jeffrey L. Hall has been appointed as Vice Chairman of the Board, Chief Administrative Officer of the Company effective January 9, 2017. Mr. Hall has served as the Executive Vice President Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer of SunEdison Semiconductor Limited, a global leader in the manufacture and sale of silicon wafers to the semiconductor industry, since December 2013. Previously, Mr. Hall served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Express Scripts Holding Company from 2008 to 2013. Prior to joining Express Scripts, Mr. Hall was with KLA-Tencor Corporation since 2000 in various leadership positions with increasing roles and responsibilities, including serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2008. Prior to joining KLA-Tencor, Mr. Hall held various financial leadership roles in the resort and global telecommunications industries.

Joseph Doody

Mr. Joseph G. Doody is no longer a Vice Chairman of the Company effective September 30, 2017. Prior to that he served as President—North American Commercial from January 2013 to January 2014. Previously, Mr. Doody served as President—Staples North American Delivery since March 2002. Prior to that, he served as President—Staples Contract & Commercial from November 1998, when he first joined Staples, until March 2002.

Christine Komola

Ms. Christine T. Komola is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. Prior to that she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from February 2012 to March 2013. Prior to that, she served as the Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller from July 2004 to January 2012. She also served as the Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for furniture from January 2002 to July 2004. She has also held other roles within Staples since joining in April 1997, including Assistant Controller, Vice President of Planning, Margin and Control and Chief Financial Officer of Staples.com.

Steve Matyas

Mr. Steve Matyas is President, North American Retail of the Company. He joined Business Depot Ltd. in Canada as its first employee in March 1991. He has also served as Vice President, Operations, Human Resources and Store Planning, and Vice President, Sales and Operations.

Michael Williams

Mr. Michael T. Williams is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the Company. Previously as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since November 2012. Prior to joining Staples, Mr. Williams served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Sony Electronics, Inc., a consumer electronics company, from March 2004 to October 2012 with responsibility for legal operations of several professional and consumer electronics companies in the U.S., Central America and South America. Before joining Sony, Mr. Williams was a partner at the law firms of Heller Ehrmann LLP from April 1998 to March 2004 and Andrews Kurth LLP from February 1991 to April 1998. Mr. Williams also served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mark Conte

Mr. Mark Conte is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller of the Company. Prior to joining Staples, Mr. Conte served as Chief Financial Officer of Hanson Building Products Limited, a multinational manufacturer of concrete pipe, pressure pipe and light building products, and also served as its Principal Accounting Officer. Mr. Conte served as Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Lehigh Hanson North America - HeidelbergCement Group which had acquired Hanson. Mr. Conte joined Hanson North America - Hanson PLC in July 2000 as the Corporate Controller, and in 2007 he assumed responsibility of the Operations Controller for the Materials business. Prior to joining Hanson, he spent over eleven years in public accounting, including working for Ernst & Young LLP.

Faisal Masud

Mr. Faisal Masud serves as Chief Technology Officer of the Company. He had previously served as Executive Vice President of Global E-Commerce since joining the company in May, 2013. Masud is an e-commerce veteran and has two decades of digital experience, building end-to-end, global e-commerce solutions that have driven growth and improved the customer experience. He joined Staples from Groupon, Inc., where he was vice president and general manager, responsible for managing Groupon Goods' global strategy and execution. Prior to joining Groupon, Masud was held various leadership roles at eBay and Amazon.

Robert Sulentic

Mr. Robert E. Sulentic is Lead Independent Director of Staples Inc., since June, 2015. Mr. Sulentic has served as Chief Executive Officer of CBRE, Inc., a global commercial real estate services company, since 2012 and President since 2010. Mr. Sulentic also has been a member of the CBRE Board since 2012. He previously served as President of the Development Services business from 2006 to 2011 and as Chief Financial Officer and Group President, each from 2009 until 2010. In addition, Mr. Sulentic was a member of CBRE’s Board and Group President of Development Services, Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2006 through 2009. During the period in which Mr. Sulentic has served as CEO and CFO of CBRE, the company completed a significant balance sheet restructuring and cost cutting/operational restructuring, as well as engaged in M&A activity resulting in approximately 30 completed acquisitions. Mr. Sulentic also has overseen a significant upgrade to CBRE’s IT and other support systems. Over the first seven years he served as CFO and CEO, CBRE’s stock price increased approximately 10x and the market capitalization of the company grew from $1 billion to nearly $10 billion. CBRE has been voted the industry’s top brand for 14 consecutive years. Before CBRE, Mr. Sulentic served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow Company from 2000 through 2006, and was also Chairman of the Board from 2002 through 2006. He previously served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from September 1998 to October 2000. During his six years at Trammell Crow, the stock price increased 240%.

Drew Faust

Dr. Drew G. Faust is Independent Director of Staples Inc. Dr. Faust is the 28th President of Harvard University. Leading up to her appointment as President in 2007, Dr. Faust served as the Founding Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study charged with integrating the former Radcliffe College into Harvard University following the merger in 1999. Before Harvard, Dr. Faust served as the Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the faculty for 25 years. As President of Harvard, Dr. Faust is responsible for all aspects of Harvard’s academic and administrative activities, which include operations and research and teaching activities across the globe, and oversees a $4.5 billion annual operating budget. During her tenure, she restructured the system of university governance, and has expanded financial aid to improve access to Harvard College for students of all economic backgrounds and advocated for increased federal funding for scientific research. Dr. Faust has broadened Harvard’s international reach, raised the profile of the arts on campus, enhanced Harvard’s focus on climate change and sustainability, launched edX, the online learning partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and promoted collaboration across academic disciplines and administrative units as she guided the university through a period of significant financial challenges. Dr. Faust also serves on the board of Harvard Management Company, which is responsible for investing Harvard’s endowment ($37.6 billion in 2015, the largest endowment in higher education in the United States) and related financial assets to produce long term results to support the education and research goals of the university. In her capacity as Harvard President, Dr. Faust also serves as a member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and the Ragon Institute of Harvard, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Paul-Henri Ferrand

Mr. Paul-Henri Ferrand is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Ferrand has served as Vice President and Sector Lead, U.S. Services and Distribution Sector, of Google, Inc., a global provider of internet related services and products, since May 2014. In his role as the head of Google’s largest customer sector ($4 billion), Mr. Ferrand leads performance-based advertising sales and related analytics, with teams in the following sub-sectors: B2B technology, industrial, social media and information services, local and federal government and education. He also leads targeted teams working on small company performance solutions as well as operations support teams in India. Before joining Google, Mr. Ferrand was President, Dell North America, at Dell, Inc., a global technology company, from August 2012 to March 2014, where he was responsible for leading Dell’s business across all of North America, covering all segments (consumer and business). During this time, he restructured the North American unit, returning it to growth and top position in key markets. Mr. Ferrand previously held other positions at Dell, including Global Vice President & GM, Software and Peripherals from September 2011 to August 2012, President Dell Asia-Pacific-Japan from July 2010 to September 2011, Chief Marketing Officer, Dell Consumer, Small and Medium Business from January 2009 to September 2011, and President Dell APACs from March 2004 to December 2008. Before Dell, Mr. Ferrand served in various management positions at Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T.

Kunal Kamlani

Mr. Kunal S. Kamlani is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Kamlani is President, ESL Investments, Inc., and has served in this position since March 2016. Prior to ESL, he was Chief Executive Officer of CASP Advisors, an independent advisory firm founded in 2015, which focuses on brand extension strategies, infrastructure development and mergers & acquisitions in the global cruise industry. Mr. Kamlani previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Prestige Cruise Holdings, the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, from August 2011 until December 2014. In this role, Mr. Kamlani generated record revenue and EBITDA for three consecutive years and, in 2014, completed the sale of Prestige Cruise Holdings to Norwegian Cruise Lines for approximately $3 billion. Mr. Kamlani had previously served as Chief Financial Officer from August 2009 to March 2010 and was recruited back to the company in 2011. From March 2010 to May 2011, Mr. Kamlani served as head of the Global Investment Solutions division of Bank of America/Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for the Wealth Management Platform including managed accounts, mutual funds, stocks, bonds, new issues, insurance, alternatives and structured investments. Mr. Kamlani also served as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Citi Smith Barney from 2006 until 2009 and in various other capacities at Citigroup since 2001.

Carol Meyrowitz

Ms. Carol M. Meyrowitz is Independent Director of Staples Inc. Ms. Meyrowitz has served as Executive Chairman of The TJX Companies, Inc., a retailer of apparel and home fashions, since February 2016 and has been a director of TJX since 2006. Ms. Meyrowitz was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TJX from June 2015 to January 2016, Chief Executive Officer from January 2007 until June 2015, President of TJX from October 2005 to January 2011, was President of The Marmaxx Group, the largest division of TJX, from January 2001 to January 2005, and was employed in an advisory role for TJX from January 2005 to October 2005. She also consulted for Berkshire Partners L.L.C., a private equity firm, from June 2005 to October 2005. While serving as CEO of TJX, Ms. Meyrowitz grew revenue since 2007 by $11.7 billion to $30.9 billion in 2015 and oversaw the growth of the company’s market capitalization from $16.2 billion in 2010 to over $50 billion as of March 2016. While Ms. Meyrowitz served as CEO, TJX was ranked in the top five percent of Fortune 500 companies for returns on assets and shareholders’ equity.

Vijay Vishwanath

Mr. Vijay Vishwanath is Independent Director of Staples Inc. Mr. Vishwanath has been a Partner at Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, since 1993 and is a leader in Bain’s consumer products practice. Mr. Vishwanath first joined Bain in 1986, after working at Procter & Gamble. In his position at Bain, Mr. Vishwanath has counseled numerous Fortune 500 companies on consumer product and brand strategy, as well as marketing. Additionally, he advises CEOs and management teams of the leading global consumer companies on matters of strategy, organization, mergers and performance improvement, including growth, pricing, market spending and optimization, trade and channel management, and cost reduction across the entire value chain. Mr. Vishwanath has led several post-merger integrations in the consumer space, including two of the largest global deals since 2010. Mr. Vishwanath also has valuable experience in corporate governance. Mr. Vishwanath has published several articles on a variety of consumer product issues, and has spoken to audiences around the world on the topic of growth and brand strategy.

Paul Walsh

Mr. Paul F. Walsh is Independent Director of Staples Inc. Mr. Walsh has served as a Senior Managing Director of Calera Capital, a private equity firm, since September 2015, and was an Operating Partner of, and outside resource to, Calera Capital since 2008. Mr. Walsh serves on the board of directors of Transaction Services Group, a Calera Capital portfolio company. Before Calera, Mr. Walsh was the Chairman and CEO of eFunds Corporation from 2002 to 2007, a leading provider of risk management, electronic funds transfer services, prepaid card processing, and global outsourcing solutions to more than 10,000 financial services companies in more than 80 countries. eFunds also provides point-of-sale fraud prevention solutions to retailers and electronic benefits processing services to government entities. Mr. Walsh led a dramatic improvement in the company’s operating performance and stock price driven by revenue growth initiatives, strategic acquisitions, rationalization of non-core assets and cost reductions. Over the 5 years of Mr. Walsh’s leadership, equity value increased from approximately $300 million to $1.85 billion. Additionally, in 2002, Mr. Walsh founded Clareon, which built one of the premiere B2B payment solutions in the U.S., utilizing technology co-developed with the U.S. Treasury. Clareon was later acquired by Fleet/Bank of America.

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