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Staples taps former Depot executive

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Former Home Depot marketing executive Frank Bifulco was named executive VP marketing for Framingham, Massachusetts-based Staples.

In the newly created role, Bifulco will lead marketing across the office supply company’s operations.

“Frank is a passionate leader who brings an immense wealth of marketing, analytic and sales experience at some of the world’s most-respected companies to Staples,” said Ron Sargent, chairman and CEO. “He will help us build on the success of our Make More Happen brand launch as we continue to let customers know that Staples has every product their business needs to succeed.”

Bifulco will report to Sargent and will be a member of the company’s executive committee.

Bifulco previously served as chief marketing officer at Home Depot. He has held marketing leadership positions at Coca-Cola and Timberland. In addition, he was president of North American sales at Hasbro. 

Bifulco is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds master’s degrees from Cornell University and Central Michigan University.

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HCN Stock Watch: LL gets a bump

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Lumber Liquidators (LL) was up 4.10% on Tuesday, enjoying the lion’s share of the post-Memorial Day headwinds.

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Exmark recalls riding mower

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A potential crash hazard has caused the recall of an Exmark Manufacturing riding mower.

About 2,200 units are affected by the recall.

The 2009-2010 Exmark Quest ZRT riding mower with 42-in. mower decks have bearings supporting the riding mower’s deck. The bearings can fail, according to the recall announcement from the Consumer Products Safety Commission, resulting in a crash hazard. 

Beatrice, Nebraska-based Exmark has received 18 reports of incidents. No injuries have been reported.

The products sold for about $4,300.

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