May 08, 2013 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us, Inc. has announced the appointment of Andre Javes as Managing Director, Toys"R"Us, Australia. Mr. Javes oversees all operations and business activities for the company’s 35 stores, e-commerce site, corporate office and more than 350 employees in Australia. In this role, he is also responsible for marketing, merchandising, store operations and customer service excellence. Mr. Javes reports to Monika Merz, President, Toys"R"Us, Asia Pacific.
Mr. Javes, a seasoned retail executive with more than 30 years of experience in the Australian market, returns to Toys"R"Us, Australia, having first joined the company in 2008 as General Merchandise Manager with responsibility for toy and juvenile merchandising. Prior to being appointed Managing Director, Toys"R"Us, Australia, 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, “We are thrilled to welcome Andre back to Toys"R"Us and look forward to his many contributions in providing our customers in Australia a differentiated shopping experience, including the best and broadest assortment of toy and juvenile items.”
Mr. Javes stated, “As a destination for parents and children alike, Toys"R"Us is one of the most well-known and beloved brands in retail. I’m excited to rejoin the organization and continue to build on the strides the Australian team has made to advance the company’s position as the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer.”
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.
With this appointment, the company also announced that Tom Via, formerly Managing Director, Toys"R"Us, Australia, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Juvenile, Toys"R"Us, U.S. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership for the company’s juvenile growth strategy, including merchandise assortment, product pricing, promotions, and differentiated brand offerings for the company’s approximately 450 Babies"R"Us locations, including integrated store formats, as well as Babiesrus.com.
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 874 Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 660 international stores and over 160 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 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.
Toys"R"Us, Asia Pacific, a division of Toys"R"Us, Inc., operates approximately 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.