Lance Wills Joins Toys R Us As Global CTO

Lance Wills is joining Toys R Us as executive vice president and global chief technology officer. He will be reporting to the company’s 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, bridging both data and business operations, said the company in a statement. In addition to governance and infrastructure, Mr. Wills will oversee end-to-end strategy, and the design and implementation of the company’s digital road map. Phillip Newmoyer, who recently joined Toys R Us as senior vice president and CIO, will report to Mr. Wills.

Mr. Wills comes to Toys R Us from American Eagle Outfitters, where he served as vice president and global head of digital technology. Previously, he served as vice president, Direct and Omni Channel Technologies at Macy’s. 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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