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People moves: Toys ‘R’ Us names CEO in Japan

Monika Merz is moving half-way around the world from Canada to Japan to head up Toys 'R' Us operations as CEO, effective November 15.
October 30, 2007

Monika Merz is moving half-way around the world from Canada to Japan to head up Toys ‘R’ Us operations as CEO, effective November 15.

Merz is vacating the president’s office at Toys ‘R’ Us Canada, and in her new role, she’ll be responsible for all aspects of the company’s owned and franchised operations in Japan. Reporting to Kei Kodera, representative director, chairman and president at Toys ‘R’ Us Japan, Merz will be based in Tokyo.

Merz has been with TRU for 11 years, having joined the company in October 1996 as VP and general merchandise manager of the retailer’s Canadian division.

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Gary Rusak is a freelance writer based in Toronto. He has covered the kids entertainment industry for the last decade with a special interest in licensing, retail and consumer products. You can reach him at garyrusak@gmail.com

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