DEFA14A 1 staples3185121-defa14a.htm DEFINITIVE ADDITIONAL PROXY SOLICITING MATERIALS

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Shareholder Meeting to Be Held on June 12, 2017.

STAPLES, INC.







ATTN: INVESTOR RELATIONS
500 STAPLES DRIVE
FRAMINGHAM, MA 01702




Meeting Information
Meeting Type:         Annual Meeting
For holders as of:   April 17, 2017
Date: June 12, 2017         Time: 4:00 p.m., local time
Location:    Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
  100 Frank W. Burr Boulevard
  Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
 

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Voting Items

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” ALL DIRECTOR NOMINEES LISTED BELOW IN ITEM 1 AND “FOR” ITEM 2.

1. Election of ten directors to hold office until the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders or until their respective successors have been elected or appointed
Nominees:
 
         1a.      Drew G. Faust
1b. Curtis Feeny
1c. Paul-Henri Ferrand
1d. Shira Goodman
1e. Deborah A. Henretta
1f. Kunal S. Kamlani
1g. John F. Lundgren
1h. Robert E. Sulentic
1i. Vijay Vishwanath
1j. Paul F. Walsh



   
2.      Approval, on an advisory basis, of named executive officer compensation.
   
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE OF “1 YEAR” ON ITEM 3.
   
3. Advisory vote on the frequency of future executive compensation advisory votes.
 
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” ITEMS 4 AND 5.
 
4. Proposal to approve Staples’ Amended and Restated Executive Officer Incentive Plan.
   
5.      Ratification of the selection by the Audit Committee of Ernst & Young LLP as Staples’ independent registered public accounting firm for the current fiscal year.
 
NOTE: To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting and at any adjournments or postponements of the meeting.
 
NOTE: If your shares are held in the Staples, Inc. Employees’ 401(K) Savings Plan and you do not vote those shares, the plan fiduciary will vote those shares in its discretion.