Staples appoints head of UK retail business


7 March 2007 — Brussels (BEL): Staples has appointed Peter Birks as managing director of the company’s UK retail business.

Birks will begin his new assignment in the coming months and will report to Theo van Brandenburg, president of Staples European Retail.


"Peter brings a wealth of office products industry experience to our United Kingdom retail business," said van Brandenburg. "Through his extensive industry knowledge and strong leadership skills, I know that Peter will successfully drive our business growth in the years to come."


Birks has most recently served as VP and managing director of Office Depot UK, where he was involved in launching and growing the company’s contract business. He has also worked for ACCO, Lyreco and 3M.


Earlier this week, Staples promoted Jevin Eagle to EVP of merchandising, David D’Angelo to senior VP of Staples Brand Group and Petter Knutrud to senior VP and general merchandising manager of merchandise supplies.