SPLS 8K - 12172012
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 11, 2012
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
Five Hundred Staples Drive, Framingham, MA
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: 508-253-5000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On December 11, 2012, Staples, Inc. (the “Company”) and Michael Miles agreed that Mr. Miles' employment as the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer will terminate, effective February 2, 2013. This event will entitle Mr. Miles to severance pay and benefits under his existing severance agreement. Beginning on February 3, 2013, Mr. Miles will be employed on a part time basis to consult on transitional matters related to the Company's international affairs and operations. In consideration of providing these services through August 3, 2013, he will be entitled to $1,000 a month. While serving in this role, he will not be eligible for any other cash or new equity incentives, and his existing equity awards will remain outstanding.
Effective February 3, 2013, Ronald Sargent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will serve as president in accordance with the Company's bylaws, and assume the responsibilities of principal operating officer. Information about Mr. Sargent has been previously disclosed in the Company's Form 10-K and Proxy Statement.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
December 17, 2012
/s/ MICHAEL T. WILLIAMS
Michael T. Williams
Senior Vice President,
General Counsel and Secretary