Staples announces the appointment of Jeff Hall as Chief Administrative Officer and Vice Chairman

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2017-Jan-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today (Jan. 5, 2017) announced that it has appointed Jeff Hall to the newly created role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Vice Chairman.

In this new role, Hall will oversee Finance, Strategic Planning, Corporate Development, Investor Relations, Real Estate, Customer Service and High-Growth markets, and will report directly to Shira Goodman, Staples’ Chief Executive Officer and President.

“Jeff has a proven track record of helping transform companies in challenging industries, and of creating value for customers and shareholders,” said Goodman. “In this new position he will lead critical functions supporting Staples as we continue to execute our 20/20 transformation strategy.”

“I’m excited to join Staples in this new role,” said Hall. “Staples is an iconic brand and company that started an entire industry. Staples is already one of the largest e-commerce companies in North America, and with its strong delivery business and retail, I believe it has all the right assets to be successful in the long-term.”

Hall joins Staples from SunEdison Semiconductor, where for the past three years he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, responsible for Finance, Information Technology, and Human Resources. In that role, he oversaw both a successful IPO and a significant transformation of the company.

Prior to that, Hall was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Express Scripts, where he helped drive the growth of the company from $20 billion in revenue to a $100 billion leader in pharmacy benefit management services through organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples helps small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop – in stores, online, via mobile or through social apps. Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division, caters to mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers by offering a one-source solution for the products and services they need, combined with best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and a state-of-the-art ecommerce site. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at

Mark Cautela

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McDonald’s Corporation announces the retirement of Chief Administrative Officer Pete Bensen

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-Aug-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) today announces the retirement of Chief Administrative Officer Pete Bensen after 20 years with the company on September 2, 2016.

“Throughout his career with McDonald’s, Pete has been a strategic partner, a tireless advocate and an influential contributor to our brand’s success,” McDonald’s President and CEO Steve Easterbrook said. “We thank him for his steadfast leadership and his valuable expertise. We know Pete has looked forward to spending more time with his family, and we wish them all the best.”

As a result of Mr. Bensen’s retirement, McDonald’s will announce additional organizational changes in the coming weeks.

“After two decades with McDonald’s, few things mean more to me than this brand, but one of those things is family. I’m proud of the work we’ve done here at McDonald’s and, in particular, over the past 20 months,” Mr. Bensen said. “I look forward to seeing the System go even further and becoming the modern and progressive burger company we all know McDonald’s will be.”

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations in over 100 countries. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.


Chris Stent

Terri Hickey

Source: McDonald’s Corporation

Sears Holdings announces the appointment of James P. Andrew as Chief Administrative Officer

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today that James P. Andrew has joined the company in the new role of Chief Administrative Officer. In this position he will be responsible for the company’s corporate support functions, including financial planning and analysis, business finance, procurement, legal, and human resources.

“Jim is a proven executive with deep expertise leading business performance improvement, corporate strategy and delivering on key objectives,” said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings’ Chairman and CEO. “His range and depth of experiences managing corporate transformations and capability development makes him a strong fit for Sears Holdings as we pursue our member-focused transformation.”

Andrew comes to Sears Holdings from Royal Philips N.V., where as an executive vice president and the chief strategy and innovation officer he played a central role in the multi-year transformation of Philips’ performance, productivity and capability development. He was responsible for the company’s business and market growth strategies and annual planning. Andrew also led the company’s digital transformation and a major repositioning of Philips’ portfolio, among many other accomplishments.

Prior to Philips, Andrew spent 25 years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he most recently served as a senior partner and managing director. At BCG he consulted with Fortune 250 companies across a wide range of industries on business performance improvement, corporate strategy, portfolio composition and shareholder value creation and growth. Andrew also established BCG’s Innovation Practice, and served as its global leader for many years, providing organizations with support on product development, speed, innovation strategy, portfolio management and resource allocation.

Andrew has served as a charter member of the USA’s National Advisory Committee for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and is the lead author of Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation, selected as a “Top 10 Innovation Book” of the year by Bloomberg Businessweek. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit

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