Office supply giant Staples Inc. announced Wednesday that Michael T. Williams has been appointed senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary, effective Nov. 7.

Williams will have global management responsibility for the company’s legal team, Framingham-based Staples said in a press release.

Williams joins Staples from Sony Electronics Inc., where he was executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary.

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Staples, with annual sales of about $25 billion, has been in the news of late, following a report that several private equity firms are considering making bids for the company, a recent Globe story noted.