WAYNE, N.J., May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Toys"R"Us, Inc., the world's leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, today announced the appointment of Andre Javes as President, Toys"R"Us, Asia Pacific, effective May 27. In this role, he will oversee all operations and business activities for the company's growing number of stores in Japan, Southeast Asia, Greater China and Australia, and he will be responsible for the profitability and success of the company in these markets. He will report directly to Chairman and CEO Dave Brandon.
A seasoned retail executive with more than 30 years of merchandising and management experience, Mr. Javes most recently served as Managing Director, Toys"R"Us, Southeast Asia and Greater China, where he oversaw all operations and business activities for the company's more than 170 wholly owned stores and approximately 2,500 employees in Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.
"Since joining Toys"R"Us, Andre has made significant contributions to the continued growth and success of our business throughout Asia and Australia," said Mr. Brandon. "With his extensive retail background, drive for results, commitment to building and leading high-performing teams and proven track record, we expect to further grow and strengthen our brands' position in the global marketplace."
Mr. Javes first joined Toys"R"Us, Australia in 2008 as General Merchandising Manager with responsibility for toy and baby products. After a brief hiatus, he returned to the company in April 2013 as Managing Director, Toys"R"Us, Australia. In this capacity, he oversaw all operations and business activities for the company's more than 30 stores, e-commerce site, corporate office and more than 1,700 employees there.
Prior to joining Toys"R"Us, 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. Earlier in his career, Mr. Javes spent three years at Kmart as Divisional Merchandising Manager first for Seasonal and Consumable items and later for the company's Toy and Outdoor product categories throughout Australia and New Zealand. He also served as Group Merchandise Manager, Grocery at Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd.
Mr. Javes received a Certificate of Management from Deakin University in Australia.
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About Toys"R"Us, Inc.
Toys"R"Us, Inc. is the world's leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 864 Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 755 international stores and more than 250 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys"R"Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees 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 and Babies"R"Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.
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