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Toys ‘R’ Us appoints company veteran as executive VP, general counsel

The nation’s largest toy retailer named a 10-year company veteran to the position of executive VP and general counsel.

Effective immediately, James Young will be responsible for the retailer’s nearly 15 in-house lawyers and paralegals, as well as any outside counsel activities. He will be a member the company's Leadership Team, and will also join the Toys "R" Us Children's Fund Board.

Young will report directly to company chairman and CEO Dave Brandon.

Young is a 10-year veteran of the Toys “R" Us Legal division, and has “deep experience and working knowledge” of the company's capital structure, finance and business operations. During his tenure, Young has worked on projects ranging from contract negotiations to mergers and acquisitions and corporate compliance. He has served as assistant corporate secretary and was responsible for overseeing the company's SEC reporting obligations.

"This is a critical time for the company, not only because we are entering the ever-important Holiday season, but as we navigate and eventually emerge from the restructuring process," said Brandon. "In addition to demonstrating tremendous legal acumen, Jamie has proven himself to be a passionate, positive leader who has earned the confidence of our senior most leaders, legal advisors and business partners. I could not be more thrilled to have him join my Leadership Team.”

Prior to joining the company, Young was corporate counsel for Cytec Industries, Inc. in West Paterson, New Jersey. Before that, he was an associate at Reed Smith LLP.
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