Vale will lead Staples’ new regional management structure in Europe in the Benelux, Central Europe, the Nordics, Southern Europe and UK/Ireland. Through this regional structure, Staples provides great customer service across sales channels to contract, catalog and retail customers. Vale will also lead the company’s recently launched "one brand" strategy in Europe, with the goal of transitioning to one Staples brand over time.
Vale joins Staples with nearly 20 years of experience in the European office products industry. He previously served as chief executive officer of Spicers, Ltd., an office products wholesale distributor. Prior to Spicers, he was senior vice president of European operations at Office Depot, and previously served as managing director for European subsidiaries at Lyreco SA. Vale brings years of international management experience, having lived and worked in the UK, Belgium, France and the Netherlands throughout his career.