Staples has appointed a new chief information security officer and chief marketing officer.
Brett Wahlin has been appointed to the role of chief information security officer (CISO) where he will be responsible for global enterprise-wide information, product and data security. Wahlin will report to chief technology officer Faisal Masud, who leads Staples Digital Solutions, a new organization within the company which combines its traditional IT and digital organizations.
Wahlin’s role will be key in the digital transformation of Staples’ business. As customer needs evolve rapidly toward greater use of technology with an acceleration into online and mobile, security threats will continue to increase. Wahlin’s role expands beyond traditional cyber security into product development, connected devices, fraud and loss prevention.
Wahlin joins Staples from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), where he served as vice-president and CISO. While at HPE, he was responsible for all aspects of information security, including security operations and intelligence, security architecture, cyber risk and governance, product lifecycle security, business security and transformation, industry next security and cyber service delivery.
It was also announced at the end of May that Michelle Bottomley has been appointed as Staples’ chief marketing officer. In this role, Bottomley will be responsible for marketing across Staples, helping to promote the company’s pivot to focusing on its North American Delivery business. She will report to Staples’ chief executive officer and president, Shira Goodman.
Prior to joining Staples, Bottomley was global chief marketing and sales officer at the human capital firm Mercer, where she helped significantly grow revenue through world-class branding, demand generation and data-driven digital experiences that integrated marketing and sales.
Bottomley replaces former CMO Frank Bifulco, who had previously announced his intention to retire in 2017, after three years leading Staples’ marketing organization and helping to launch the recent “It’s Pro Time” campaign.