Stationery and office supplies retailer Ryman has hired former Staples executive Peter Birks as its new chief executive.

Peter Birks

Birks, who has 15 years of leadership experience, will join the business at the beginning of August.  

Birks previously worked as chief executive for delivery company Tuffnell, as well as holding leadership roles with retailers Office Depot and Staples

Ryman said that in his new role Birks will “further grow the brand in key markets and channels, deliver industry-leading customer service levels, create a compelling place to work for colleagues and use technology to drive the business further”.

The retailer said that Birks’ “in-depth knowledge of retail, office supplies and the electronics sector” made him a natural fit for the role.

Birks will be charged with overseeing the digital side of the business, as well as the store portfolio. He will also engage with Ryman service partners and focus on bringing an “innovative edge” to the organisation.  

“Peter will make a big difference in further growing the brand and inspiring the team”

Ryman’s chairman and owner Theo Paphitis said: “Peter brings a huge amount of energy, leadership skills and industry intel to Ryman and has a proven track record and digital focus. We are excited to welcome him on board and know he’ll make a big difference in further growing the brand and inspiring the team, from day one.”

Birks added: “I am thrilled to be joining the Ryman business which I have respected for many years. During these unprecedented times for retail, I look forward to working with the team to deliver the next exciting chapter for this fantastic brand.”

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