Cynthia Pevehouse, Staples Inc by LawCrossing

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Effective January 3, 2012 Cynthia Pevehouse will take on the position of senior vice president and general counsel of Staples Inc., the world’s largest office products company and an office solutions provider.

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Cynthia Pevehouse, Staples Inc.
By Teresa Cajot


Effective January 3, 2012 Cynthia Pevehouse will take on the position of senior vice president and general counsel of Staples Inc., the
world’s largest office products company and an office solutions provider. In her new position, Pevehouse will oversee Staple’s legal
team in matters of concern within the US and around the globe. She will report to Staples chairman and chief executive officer, Ron
Sargent.




Pevehouse has served as a senior counsel at the Washington            set the policies and practices in place for the company’s legal
office of law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP for nearly two            departments around the globe.
years. In her position with the international firm she has
advised both senior management and boards of directors.               Pevehouse also served as general counsel at Polycom, Inc. and
                                                                      Ask Jeeves Inc. She spent three years as senior counsel as
Prior to that, she spent over three years with the Allianz            Compaq Computer Corporation and also spent time in private
of America Corporation, where she most recently held the              practice with Lane Powell in both Seattle and Japan. She
position of executive vice president and general counsel.             earned her JD from Williamette University School of Law.
During her time at Allianz, Pevehouse was responsible for
legal, ethics, investigations, compliance, and regulatory             “Cynthia brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to Staples.
affairs.                                                              With her extensive legal management experience and
                                                                      proven leadership, Cynthia will play an important part in
She first established a connection to Allianz in 2006 when she        supporting the company’s growth,” said Sargent in response to
joined its property and casualty subsidiary, Fireman’s Fund           Pevehouse’s appointment.
Insurance Company, as associate general counsel in charge
of corporate governance. After three months of employment,            Staples employs 90,000 individuals throughout its operations
she moved into the role of senior vice president, general             in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and
counsel, and chief compliance officer. By 2007, she was the           Australia. The company serves businesses of all sizes, as
chief legal officer of insurance operations for Allianz, taking       well as consumers through its office supplies, copy and print,
on responsibility for legal issues impacting Fireman’s Fund           technology, facilities and break room, and furniture services
and the Allianz Life Insurance Company. Additionally, she was         and product offerings.
a part of the Allianz Group legal advisory committee, which




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