June 7, 2010, 2:54 PM

Staples names a new head of e-commerce

Steven Bussberg will oversee Staples.com.

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Staples Inc. has named its current senior e-commerce executive to a new position and designated his successor.

Staples, No. 2 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide named Pete Howard as senior vice president of Staples Southern Europe. In that new role, Howard will direct Staple’s web, catalog, contract and retail channels in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy.  Previously, Howard, who joined Staples in 2000 as vice president of sales and marketing for Staples Business Delivery, was senior vice president of that business unit and, among other duties, was in charge of Staples.com.

Prior to joining Staples, Howard served as vice president of marketing for Ross-Simons Inc. and in various marketing positions at Digital Equipment Corp., Bradford Exchange and Papermate Pen. In his next role, Howard will report to Staples Europe president Rob Vale.

Succeeding Howard as senior vice president of Staples Business Delivery is Steven Bussberg. As the new senior vice president, Bussberg, who was previously senior vice president of finance for Staples’ North American Delivery, will oversee the overall operations of Staples Business Delivery, which serves small business and home office customers through Staples.com and catalogs.

After joining Staples in 1990, Bussberg worked in the corporate finance department and as director of financial planning and analysis and vice president of finance for North American Delivery. He was named senior vice president of finance for North American Delivery in 2009. Bussberg will report to Staples North American Delivery president Joe Doody.

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