Corporate Express Names Michael Zahra President - Corporate Express Canada, Inc.

    Dutch-based Corporate Express NV Promotes Michael Zahra to President -

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - Corporate Express Canada, Inc., part of
the Dutch-based Corporate Express NV (NYSE:  CXP and AEX:CXP), announced today
that Michael Zahra has been named President - Canada, effective November 2007.
    Corporate Express Canada is a leading business-to-business supplier of
office products, furniture, facility supplies and computer products and
services, printing and promotional merchandise.
    In this role, Zahra will have overall management responsibility for all
aspects of Corporate Express Canada including sales, marketing, customer care,
merchandising, operations, information technology, finance and human
resources, as well as the Canadian divisional operating units.
    "Michael has had many successful years with Corporate Express and great
experience within our Canadian operation, so we are very excited that he has
taken over this role," said Peter Ventress, CEO and Member Executive Board
Corporate Express NV, Amsterdam. "Canada is a very successful, fast-growing
region for Corporate Express and we are confident that Michael will lead it to
even greater success."
    Zahra joined Corporate Express in 2002 as President - Ontario Division
and successfully led the Division in revenue and profit growth consistently
since starting with the company. He has also been instrumental in several
Ontario-based acquisitions.
    Prior to joining Corporate Express, Zahra was President of Yahoo! Canada
and previously Schlumberger RMS Canada and has held increasingly senior roles
at Alcatel, ITT and Motorola. He is also on the Board of Directors of Junior
    Zahra holds a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of
Toronto, an M.B.A. from the City University of Washington and a P.Log
designation from the Logistics Institute.
    Zahra replaces Rick Toppin who has taken the role of Central Region
President with Corporate Express US Inc.

    About Corporate Express Canada

    Corporate Express Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Corporate
Express NV (NYSE:  CXP and AEX: CXP), one of the world's largest
business-to-business suppliers of office, facility and computer products and
services. Corporate Express Canada's product offering includes office and
computer supplies, imaging and computer graphics supplies, office furniture,
document and print management, promotional products, facilities supplies and
other similar products. Corporate Express Canada has operations in 23
facilities, including 10 distribution centers located in Calgary, Alberta;
Edmonton, Alberta; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Boucherville, Quebec; St. John's,
Newfoundland; Vancouver, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Kitchener,
Ontario; Sudbury Ontario and Mississauga, Ontario. Corporate Express Canada
employs over 1,500 people, approximately 400 sales and customer care
representatives and owns over 110 delivery vehicles. The Company's Web site
address is

    About Corporate Express

    Corporate Express provides customers with a single source of business
products and services, so that they can focus their resources, energy and time
on their core business. Corporate Express helps organizations to save time and
maximize their productivity.
    Headquartered in the Netherlands, Corporate Express NV generated 2006
annual sales of EUR 6.3 billion. The Company has a widespread global
distribution network spanning North America, Europe and Australia, has close
to 19,000 employees, and operations in 20 countries. Corporate Express NV is
listed on Euronext Amsterdam (Euronext: CXP) and in New York (NYSE:   CXP). For
more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Michael Zahra, Corporate Express
Canada, Inc., (905) 696-4450,

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