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Toys ‘R’ Us names AEO exec as global tech head


Toys “R” Us Inc. is creating a new position of CTO and turning to a veteran of American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) to fill it.

Lance Wills will join Toys “R” Us as executive VP, global CTO effective June 13. He will report directly to chairman and CEO Dave Brandon. In his newly created role, Wills will oversee global and IT digital strategy, including governance and infrastructure.

Wills also will manage end-to-end strategy, design and implementation of the company’s digital road map, focused on a seamless shopping approach. Phillip Newmoyer, who recently joined Toys “R” Us as senior VP and CIO, will report to Wills.

His most recent position was VP, head of global digital technology at AEO. Previous notable retail executive positions include serving as VP, direct and omnichannel technologies at Macy’s Inc.

“As we work toward 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 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.”

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