Toys“R”Us® announces 30 hours of continuous shopping from 5pm on Thursday, November 24 through 11pm on Friday, November 25

Toy Retailer Kicks Off November with a Series of Services as the Destination for Gift-Givers to Check Off Kids’ Holiday Wish Lists

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Nov-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shoppers should get their walking shoes ready. Right on the heels of the company’s Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome catalog, which offers hundreds of deals valid through November 19, Toys“R”Us® today (November 7, 2016) announced it has begun preparations for Thanksgiving Weekend. Its stores nationwide will open at 5 pm (local time) on Thursday, November 24 and remain open through 11 pm on Friday, November 25 for 30 hours of continuous shopping*. Readying the stores to offer doorbuster savings on the season’s must-have toys, Toys“R”Us has hired thousands of helpful elves to begin stocking the shelves.

“Our customers have voted at the doors year after year, and they continue to want the option to get an early start on their holiday shopping lists,” said Joe Venezia, Executive Vice President, Global Store Operations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “The good news is that we’re not only focused on delivering a Thanksgiving Weekend filled with deals and doorbusters, but we’ll be giving shoppers an entire month of can’t miss sales and services.”

Before the turkeys are purchased, circulars circled and BlackFriday strategies planned, Toys“R”Us is rolling out various in-store services to make for a very merry November.

Front-of-Store G.P.S. Navigators Help Gift-Givers WIN November
Shoppers unsure of the difference between a Hatchimal and a Brightling need look no further than the dedicated “G.P.S. Navigator” – or, Gurus for Play Stuff – stationed at the front of Toys“R”Us stores nationwide on Saturdays and Sundays in November. And beginning Thanksgiving evening, these dedicated toy experts will amp up their presence in-store, continuing on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and during peak traffic periods throughout the holiday season. Donning holly-jolly red shirts, these toy experts boast an in-depth knowledge of top Skylanders® figures, popular licensed properties and must-have baby dolls (yes, the ones that wet themselves), and are ready to help customers navigate the toy aisles with ease.

Mapping Out a Speedy Shopping Strategy
For those moments when time is of the essence, Toys“R”Us is helping ensure shoppers receive quick and precise directions to the aisles and shelves they need. Gift-givers on a mission – with a wish list in-hand (or on their mobile device, at least) – can quickly locate items by referencing the large, dynamic maps located at the front of each store, or by visiting Toysrus.com/Guide, where they can search for a specific product by name and identify its exact location within their local Toys“R”Us store.

Plus, Toys“R”Us stores will offer a dedicated “Express Checkout Lane” for gift-givers purchasing four items or less between Thursday, November 24 and Christmas Eve, to help ensure a speedy and efficient visit from entrance to exit.

Free Services Are Key During the Season of Joy
It’s all about providing value whenever, wherever and however customers choose to shop with Toys“R”Us this holiday season. Those looking to stretch their dollar a little further can enjoy Free Store Pickup when they buy online from home or on the go, Free Layaway to make smaller payments over time with the added benefit of hiding Santa’s gifts elsewhere, and Free Shipping for online purchases of $19 or more**.

Plus, now is the time to take advantage of the company’s recently relaunched Price Match Guarantee. While not available on Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, this program helps remove any doubt for customers that they are getting the products they want at a competitive price***.

To stay up-to-date on the latest news from Toys“R”Us, visit Toysrusinc.com/Press and follow @ToysrusNews.

*Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 5 pm on Thursday, November 24 and remain open until 11 pm on Friday, November 25, except for stores in Paramus, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 11 pm and will reopen on Friday, November 25 at 7 am, and stores in Watchung, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 9 pm and will reopen Friday, November 25 from 12 am – 11 pm. Select stores in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico will also have varying store open times. All store hours can be found online at Toysrus.com/BlackFridayStoreHours.

** For more information on these services, please visit www.Toysrus.com/PriceMatch, www.Toysrus.com/Pickup, www.Toysrus.com/FreeShipping or www.toysrus.com/layaway.

***Price Match Guarantee applies to these retailers and their e-commerce websites: Amazon, Baby Depot, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, buybuy BABY, diapers.com, Fred Meyer, GameStop, Hobby Lobby, JCPenney, Kmart, Kohl’s, LEGO, Macy’s, Meijer, Michael’s, Sears, Target, Walmart and YoYo.com. Visit www.Toysrus.com/PriceMatch for more information.

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 875 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 765 international stores and over 245 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. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. 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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Toys“R”Us announces the promotion of Joe Venezia to EVP, Global Store Operations

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced the promotion of Joe Venezia to Executive Vice President, Global Store Operations, effective February 22. In this newly elevated role, Mr. Venezia will continue to be responsible for delivering an exceptional shopping experience across the company’s more than 850 Toys“R”Us®and Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide, with expanded responsibilities for providing strategic direction and support for Global Store Operations. This includes leading global initiatives and facilitating best practices in the operations area. He will report to Dave Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. and serve as a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team.

“Since joining Toys“R”Us two years ago, Joe has played a critical role in our transformation process, leading efforts to drive the business forward and deliver consistent operational execution across all stores, as well as improving customer satisfaction and developing a strong store operations team,” said Mr. Brandon. “I’m proud to have Joe as a leader on my team and believe his guidance will be an asset as we seek to grow our brands globally and create a world-class shopping experience for our customers.”

Mr. Venezia joined Toys“R”Us, Inc. in February 2014 as Senior Vice President, Store Operations. Earlier in his career, he held key operations and management positions at The Pantry, Walmart U.S., Wells Fargo Merchant Services and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Venezia also served as an Airborne Ranger Officer in the U.S. Army Infantry for nine years and was deployed abroad three times, receiving a Bronze Star Medal for demonstrated bravery during Operation Desert Storm. He received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

FOR MEDIA USE: Download a photo of Joe Venezia here: https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-sf0833fbb6474728b.

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 856 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 38 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys at FAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has an annual workforce of approximately 66,000 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 onToysrusinc.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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Thanksgiving Day: Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 5pm on Thursday, November 26

Stores Nationwide Open at 5pm on Thursday, November 26, Offering Specialized Services, Including Easy Navigation and Digital Store Maps, Helping to Make Every Shopping Experience at Toys“R”Us an #AwesomeMoment

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced that its stores nationwide will open at 5pm on Thursday, November 26*, the same time as last year. Stores will remain open through 11pm on Friday, November 27, offering awesome doorbusters and savings on the season’s most sought-after toys. Information on Black Friday deals will be forthcoming.

“Each year, we carefully evaluate customer feedback and consumer insights to determine how we can best help those customers eager to get a jumpstart on crossing off items on their gift lists,” said Joe Venezia, Senior Vice President, Store Operations, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “We are excited to welcome shoppers into our stores, providing big savings and expert services as the holiday shopping season officially begins.”

Toys“R”Us will once again offer a range of convenient in-store and digital offerings designed to ensure holiday gift-giving is easy and stress-free, making every shopping experience at Toys“R”Us an #AwesomeMoment for customers.

Toy Experts Report for Duty: In-Store Specialists Available All Season Long
Easily identified by their red shirts, the Toys“R”Us “Navigators,” also known as the “G.P.S.” (Gurus for Play Stuff) are back and ready for action at the front of Toys“R”Us stores nationwide beginning on Thanksgiving evening, and continuing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the remainder of the holiday season during peak traffic periods. These toy aficionados will assist busy shoppers with expert advice on everything from hot toys and top deals to time-saving services and incentive programs.

Localized Maps Pinpoint Hottest Toys & Biggest Savings – FAST!
Throughout the holiday season and beyond, the company will offer digital and physical store-specific maps to help customers quickly locate those items at the top of kids’ wish lists. By visiting Toysrus.com/guide, texting ‘GUIDE’ to 78697, or scanning a QR code found on store signage, gift-givers can search for products by name and identify the in-aisle location. And, from Monday, November 23 through Saturday, November 28, shoppers can utilize the digital store navigation to find current deals, discounts and doorbusters, helping gift-givers cross off all the items on their lists.

Purchasing the Perfect Plaything: Rapid Check-Out
Just in time for the Black Friday crowds and continuing through Christmas Eve, Toys“R”Us stores will have all registers open, as well as an Express Lane for gift-givers purchasing four items or less, providing shoppers with a streamlined, expedited experience from entrance to exit.

Online Shopping Made Simple
Those who shop from home or on-the-go will receive the same reliable assistance they expect from Toys“R”Us with live chat availability, including real-time gift guidance and answers to product questions on Toysrus.com all season long. Online shoppers can also take advantage of the company’s Gift Finder to narrow their search by a child’s age and interests, among other criteria points, to help ensure they have that perfect plaything under the tree Christmas morning.

Convenient Services from THE Toy Authority
For customers looking to stretch their budgets or keep big purchases hidden from curious little ones, Toys“R”Us is once again providing Free Layaway, waiving the usual $5 service fee. Available for in-store purchases only**, the company’s Free Layaway program offers shoppers the opportunity to make small payments over an extended period of time on eligible items, including toys, electronics, baby gear and more. In addition, the company also provides budget-minded gift-givers more ways to shop and save, knowing they’re getting the best value at Toys“R”Us this holiday season with Price Match Guarantee, Free Store Pickup and a new $19 free shipping minimum for online purchases.***

Gift-givers on the hunt for that perfect yuletide treasure need look no further than Toys“R”Us. With the hottest toys in stock, daily product shipments to stores and the broadest assortment of playthings, including hundreds of items that can’t be found anywhere else, shoppers can find what they’re looking for in one easy stop at Toys“R”Us.

For media use: Photos and b-roll related to Thanksgiving Weekend and Black Friday at Toys“R”Us, available at https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d-s1aa606fbfca4219a.

For company news and updates throughout the season, please visit “R” Holiday Press Room.

*Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 5pm on Thursday, November 26 and remain open until 11pm on Friday, November 27, except for stores in Paramus, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 11pm and will reopen on Friday, November 27 at 7am, and stores in Watchung, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 9pm and will reopen Friday, November 27 from 12am – 11pm. Select stores in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico will also have varying store open times. All store hours can be found online at www.Toysrus.com/BlackFridayStoreHours.
**Available at all stores except Toys“R”Us Times Square. Excludes Special Orders, food, formula and clothing. Visit www.Toysrus.com/Layaway for more details.
***For more information on these services, please visit www.Toysrus.com/PriceMatch, www.Toysrus.com/Pickup or www.Toysrus.com/FreeShipping.

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 863 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 745 international stores and more than 250 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys at FAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.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 66,000 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, Twitter.com/Babiesrus and Twitter.com/FAOSchwarz.

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Media Contact:
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Cheryl O’Brien
973-617-4380
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Toys“R”Us® extends shopping hours in its stores nationwide in the days leading up to Christmas

Time-Crunched Customers Will Find the Best In-Stock Selection on the Hottest Toys, Daily Deals, Expert Assistance and More at The World’s Greatest Toy Store®, Along with Uninterrupted Shopping from 6am Tuesday, December 23 through 9pm Christmas Eve

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the sound of sleigh bells draws nearer, Toys“R”Us® today announced its stores nationwide will offer extended shopping hours in the days leading up to Christmas, while also providing last-minute shoppers with “Gifts Made Easy” services, ensuring they can check off everything on their little ones’ wish lists with ease. Beginning 6am Tuesday, December 23 and continuing through 9pm Christmas Eve*, Toys“R”Us stores will be open around the clock. In addition, from Saturday, December 20 through Monday, December 22, stores will remain open from 6am until 2am**.

“With just nine days to go until Christmas, we’re providing our customers with extended store hours so they can get the toys their kids want most and complete their holiday shopping when it’s convenient for them,” said Joe Venezia, Senior Vice President, Store Operations, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “In addition, Toys“R”Us stores and Toysrus.com will offer the best in-stock position on the hottest toys, fantastic deals every day, expert assistance from toy-trained employees and convenient services like Free Store Pick Up and Express Holiday Shipping, to help parents and gift-givers bring joy to their little ones on Christmas morning.”

Last-Minute Shoppers Rejoice! #GiftsMadeEasy In-Store and Online

Whether gift-givers are just now making their lists or checking them twice, there’s no need to dash around with the company’s new and enhanced “Gifts Made Easy” in-store and online services:

  • Hot Toys In-Stock: Toys“R”Us stores and Toysrus.com offer thousands of toys along with the best in-stock position on the season’s most sought-after playthings. In addition, stores receive daily deliveries through Christmas Eve, ensuring shelves are decked out with all of the toys topping kids’ wish lists.
  • Toys“R”Us G.P.S. (Guru for Play Stuff) Navigators: These dedicated and friendly toy aficionados are at the ready to provide holiday shoppers with quick and helpful direction in finding hot toys and top deals.
  • Store-Specific Maps: All-new physical and digital store-specific maps and signage help shoppers quickly and easily navigate the toy aisles.
  • Express Checkout Lanes: A new in-store Express Lane for customers purchasing two items or less ensures a speedy checkout.
  • “R”Us Gift Cards and e-Gift Cards: Little ones can hold the keys to the toy universe in their hands with an “R”Us gift card, offered in a variety of fun and festive designs. Gift-givers can also purchase an e-gift card at any time for the perfect last-minute present.
  • Price Match Guarantee: Savvy shoppers can take advantage of the company’s Price Match Guarantee, as well as a flurry of fantastic deals and savings available every day until Saint Nick’s arrival.
  • Gift Finder: Online shoppers can utilize the Gift Finder on Toysrus.com, featuring specially selected top gifts, which can be narrowed by a child’s age and interests.
  • Express Shipping: Online orders available to be shipped in 1-2 business days placed by 12pm EST on Tuesday, December 23 using express shipping are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas Eve***.
  • Free Store Pick Up: Time-crunched shoppers can choose “Free Store Pick Up” until 4pm EST on Christmas Eve and collect their items at a local store in an hour or less****.

Toys“R”Us Lights Up Times Square with 183 Continuous Shopping Hours

Toys“R”Us Times Square, the company’s flagship store, will open its doors at 7am Wednesday, December 17 and remain open through 10pm Christmas Eve, providing New Yorkers and visitors alike with 183 uninterrupted hours to complete their holiday shopping in the city that never sleeps. The World’s Greatest Toy Store® also offers specialty services such as Personal Shopping and Corporate Sales, providing customers with one-on-one attention and expertise from a highly-trained staff to help find the perfect toy for every child. Gift-wrapping and shipping to local, national and international locations is also available.

For company news and updates throughout the season, please visit “R” Holiday Press Room.

Following are selected deals available at Toys“R”Us stores now through Saturday, December 20, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% OFF ALL Barbie® dolls, play sets and accessories regularly priced $70 or less*****
  • Buy 1 Get 1 40% OFF ALL Charmazing™ Kits***** (offer available in-store only)
  • Buy 1 Get 1 40% OFF ALL Playmobil®*****(offer available in-store only)
  • SAVE $10 on TRANSFORMERS® Stomp & Chomp GRIMLOCK – Was $79.99; Now $69.99
  • ONLY $5.99 for Candy Land®, Chutes and Ladders® and Cootie® Classic Kids Games
  • SAVE $10 on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray Combo Pack with Earbuds and Masks

Following are examples of additional savings that will be available at Toys“R”Us stores during the two-day sale on Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • FREE SkylandersTrap Team™ Starter Pack with the purchase of ANY Xbox Game System (offer available in store only) – $74.99 Value
  • FREE $20 Gift Card with the purchase of ANY LeapTV™ Game System (offer available in store only) – $149.99 each
  • FREE The LEGO® Movie DVD with ANY LEGO construction set purchase of $60 or more (offer available in store only) – $19.99 Value
  • 25% OFF ALL Fisher-Price® Imaginext® Toys
  • SAVE $30 on Fisher-Price Imaginext 2-in-1 Supernova Battle Rover – Was $119.99; Now $89.99
  • SAVE $5 on Connect 4®, Sorry!® and Trouble® board games – Was $11.99; Now $6.99 (offer available in-store only)

*Toys“R”Us stores in Paramus, NJ, as well as Toys“R”Us Express and Outlet stores, will not be open 24 hours per day. All store hours can be found online at Toysrus.com/StoreLocator.
**Toys“R”Us stores in Fargo, ND, Paramus, NJ and Puerto Rico, as well as Toys“R”Us Express and Outlet stores, will have varying store hours between 12/20-12/22. All store hours can be found online at Toysrus.com/StoreLocator.
***Items that are not available to be shipped within 1-2 business days may not arrive by December 24. Shipments to all destinations within the continental United States. View the full Christmas Shipping Calendar for more details.
****Does not apply to orders for Free Store Pickup in five to 10 days. Visit Toysrus.com/Pickup for more details.
*****Discounted/Free item must be of equal or lesser value to the lowest priced item purchased. Offers cannot be combined.

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 893 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 730 international stores and over 205 licensed stores in 36 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 includingToysrus.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/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Alyssa Peera
973-617-5634
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Linda Connors
973-617-4398
linda.connors@toysrus.com

Toys“R”Us, Inc. appoints number of highly respected executives to key leadership roles to position its business for long-term profitable growth

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-9-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced it has appointed a number of highly respected executives to key leadership roles, as the company continues to work to position its business for long-term profitable growth.

“One of the key pillars of our “TRU Transformation” strategy is to develop high-performing, highly engaged, diverse teams, and we are assembling talent that can help lead important areas of the business and offer fresh perspectives,” said Antonio Urcelay, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “With these new leaders and our internal team, we are intensely focused on looking at every aspect of the business for process improvement in making the company fit for growth.”

Debbie Lentz has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, with responsibility for U.S. distribution and customs compliance, global importing and exporting, fleet operations and domestic transportation, reporting to Hank Mullany, President, Toys”R”Us, U.S. In this role, she oversees inventory planning and allocation as well as e-commerce fulfillment, while driving efforts to significantly improve in-stock levels in-store and online. In addition, Lentz leads logistics strategy development for the company’s international markets and efforts to improve global supply chain efficiencies, reporting in this capacity to Antonio Urcelay.

Lentz was formerly with Kraft Foods Group and most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Logistics. In this capacity, she oversaw a team of associates across a network of distribution centers, direct store delivery branches, warehouses and large truck fleet. Before this role, she led logistics, including global exports, fulfillment, product supply and customer service throughout Kraft’s European business. During her career with Kraft, Lentz held positions in global procurement, information systems, manufacturing operations and supply chain across the company’s multiple businesses in North America and Europe. Prior to Kraft, she worked for many years in logistics operations at Nabisco Foods Group.

Lentz serves on the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Christine Morena has been named Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Toys“R”Us, Inc., reporting to Deb Derby, Vice Chairman, Toys“R”Us, Inc. In this role, Morena provides strategic guidance and operational support to the company’s global Human Resources organization throughout its headquarters and regional offices, as well as stores and distribution centers in the U.S. and internationally. She is also instrumental in leading ongoing efforts to develop strong teams through employee relations and communications, as well as training and talent development. In addition, Morena oversees the company’s employee rewards and benefits programs.

Morena most recently served as principal of her own advisory services business, providing counsel to senior managers and boards on building best-in-class organizational structures and programs. Prior to this, Morena served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Saks Incorporated. She previously worked at AT&T for many years where she held positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in Senior Vice President, Human Resources, AT&T Corporation.

Joe Venezia has been named Senior Vice President, Store Operations, Toys“R”Us, U.S. In this capacity, Venezia is responsible for transforming the in-store experience through strong operations disciplines and customer service excellence in the company’s store network across the country. He also provides leadership for ensuring customers have a seamless in-store and online shopping experience through the company’s omnichannel offerings, including Ship from Store and In-Store Pickup. He reports to Hank Mullany.

Venezia was formerly at The Pantry, where he served as Senior Vice President of Store Operations for its convenience stores and quick service restaurants across the Southeastern U.S. Prior to this, Venezia served as Senior Vice President of Walmart U.S. and President for the company’s Northeast division. Before joining Walmart, Venezia was President and General Manager, Wells Fargo Merchant Services and worked at The Procter & Gamble Company in brand management roles of increasing responsibility, including leadership of a number of baby care brands. Venezia also served as an Airborne Ranger Officer in the U.S. Army Infantry for nine years and was deployed abroad three times. His missions included a parachute assault into Panama during Operation Just Cause and combat operations in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for demonstrated bravery.

In addition, the company recently announced the appointments of Michael Short as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. and Chetan Bhandari as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Treasurer, Toys“R”Us, Inc.

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 877 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 710 international stores and over 195 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.

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Kathleen Waugh
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waughk@toysrus.com