Toys”R”Us Hires First EVP, Global Chief Technology Officer

by Katie Lee

Wayne, N.J. — Toys”R”Us, Inc. has hired Lance Wills 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®, Wills’ responsibilities will span global IT and digital strategy for the company, bridging both data and business operations. In addition to governance and infrastructure, Wills will oversee end-to-end strategy, design and implementation of the company’s digital road map. 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 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,” says 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.”

Wills joins 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 omnichannel technologies at Macy’s, Inc.

Wayne, N.J.-based Toys”R”Us, Inc. has 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. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Toys”R”Us, Inc.

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