TOYS“R”US, INC. APPOINTS ANDRE JAVES MANAGING DIRECTOR, TOYS“R”US, SOUTHEAST ASIA AND GREATER CHINA
Mr. Javes Will Oversee the Company’s 140 Stores and More Than 2,500 Employees in Southeast Asia and Greater China
WAYNE, NJ (January 10, 2014) – Toys“R”Us, Inc. has announced the appointment of Andre Javes as Managing Director, Toys“R”Us, Southeast Asia and Greater China. In this role, Mr. Javes will oversee all operations and business activities for the company’s wholly owned stores in Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand and provide oversight for the company’s licensed stores in the Philippines and Macau, including more than 2,500 employees in the region. Mr. Javes previously served as Managing Director, Toys“R”Us, Australia. He reports to Monika Merz, President, Toys“R”Us, Asia Pacific.
Mr. Javes, a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of retail experience, first joined Toys“R”Us in 2008 as General Merchandise Manager with responsibility for toy and juvenile products merchandising. Prior to being appointed Managing Director, Toys“R”Us, Australia in 2013, Mr. Javes served as Chief Executive Officer at Anaconda Group Pty. from 2009 to 2012, where he managed a retail chain of camping, outdoor and adventure gear stores across Australia.
Ms. Merz said, “Andre has done a terrific job in improving our business, developing the team and strengthening business partner relationships in Australia, and we look forward to his contributions as we continue to accelerate the growth of our business in Southeast Asia and Greater China.”
Mr. Javes stated, “Southeast Asia and Greater China represent the most significant growth areas for the company, and I am excited to join the team as we continue to expand our business aggressively throughout the region.”
Earlier in his career, Mr. Javes worked at Kmart as Divisional Merchandise Manager for Toy & Outdoor products in Australia and New Zealand. He also served as Group Merchandise Manager for Grocery at Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd. Mr. Javes holds a Certificate of Management from Deakin University Australia.
About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 705 international stores and over 180 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.
About Toys“R”Us, Asia Pacific
Toys“R”Us, Asia Pacific, a division of Toys“R”Us, Inc., operates more than 300 Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and integrated stores in nine countries and jurisdictions across the region, including Japan, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Brunei. Following the opening of its first location in the area with a licensed store in Singapore in 1984, Toys“R”Us has continued to grow its presence through both wholly owned and licensed store operations, and in 2011, acquired a majority stake in its previously licensed businesses. With approximately 12,000 employees in the region, Toys“R”Us, Asia Pacific offers customers a differentiated shopping experience with a broad selection of exclusive products and unique services. Additional information on Toys“R”Us, Asia Pacific can be found on Toysrusinc.com.
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