Toys“R”Us, Inc. announces the appointment of Amit Poddar to head its digital engineering team

Toys“R”Us, Inc. announces the appointment of Amit Poddar to head its digital engineering team
Toys“R”Us, Inc. announces the appointment of Amit Poddar to head its digital engineering team

 

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WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, today (November 4,2016) announced the addition of Amit Poddar, a highly seasoned e-commerce leader to head its digital engineering team. This appointment comes at a time when the company continues a massive digital transformation, integrating technology into every part of its business and putting the customer at the center of everything it does.

Amit joins the company as Senior Vice President, Chief Software Architect. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategy and leading and directing all core engineering for the company’s global Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® e-commerce channels. In addition, he is charged with further developing the digital engineering organization to implement new products and technology and deliver best-in-class digital experiences. Amit will report directly to Lance Wills, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Technology Officer.

“We are continuing our mission to build world-class customer experiences across all our channels to best support our customer.” said Lance. “To achieve this goal, it’s important to have the best and brightest talent in the industry; those who innovate and look for new ways to place our customer at the core of all decision making. Amit’s successes have shown he is one of these people.”

Amit is an accomplished technology leader with more than 20 years of experience in e-commerce and engineering. He comes to Toys“R”Us from Priceline.com, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Product Technology, leading the development of the company’s e-commerce platform for all travel verticals, including air, hotel, rental car and vacation packages. Amit led the transformation of Priceline’s platform into a service-oriented architecture, enabling seamless integration across multiple storefronts. During his tenure at Priceline, he also held the position of Chief Software Architect and oversaw system design and new technology adoption across all departments. He has also held various technology roles at Wipro and Tata Systems.

Amit received a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Nagpur, India.

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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Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

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Toys“R”Us announces the appointment of Lance Wills as EVP, Global Chief Technology Officer effective June 13

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, today announced that Lance Wills will join the company as Executive Vice President, Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective June 13. He will report directly to Chairman and CEO Dave Brandon.

As CTO, a newly created position within Toys“R”Us®, Mr. Wills’ responsibilities will span global IT and digital strategy for the company, bridging both data and business operations. In addition to governance and infrastructure, Mr. Wills will oversee end-to-end strategy, design and implementation of the company’s digital road map, ensuring the enhancement of the customer experience by creating a seamless approach through all available shopping channels. Phillip Newmoyer, who recently joined Toys“R”Us as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer to lead the IT portion of bringing the company’s e-commerce platform in-house, will report to Mr. Wills.

“As we work towards creating a world-class customer shopping experience and revolutionizing our digital strategy, we are excited to welcome Lance to this new key role within the organization,” said Mr. Brandon. “Lance has the talent, experience and leadership qualities that will be instrumental in helping position our IT and digital teams for success in the company’s journey to growth.”

Mr. Wills comes to Toys“R”Us from American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) where he served as Vice President, Global Head of Digital Technology, leading the company’s online and in-store technology groups, as well as those of the AEO subsidiary brands. Previously, he served as Vice President, Direct and Omni Channel Technologies at Macy’s, Inc. Prior to that, he held various consulting and technology roles within Thomson Reuters (previously Thomson Publishing) in London and San Francisco.

Mr. Wills received a Diploma in Information Technology from the Central Institute of Technology in Wellington, New Zealand.

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