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Toys"R"Us strengthens leadership team

Staff writer |
Wayne, N.J., USA - Toys"R"Us, Inc., a juvenile-products retailer, announced it has appointed a number of highly respected executives to key leadership roles.

ong>Debbie Lentz has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, with responsibility for U.S. distribution and customs compliance, global importing and exporting, fleet operations and domestic transportation.

Ms. Lentz was formerly with Kraft Foods Group and most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Logistics.

In this capacity, she oversaw a team of associates across a network of distribution centers, direct store delivery branches, warehouses and large truck fleet. Before this role, she led logistics, including global exports, fulfillment, product supply and customer service throughout Kraft’s European business.

During her career with Kraft, Ms. Lentz held positions in global procurement, information systems, manufacturing operations and supply chain across the company’s multiple businesses in North America and Europe.

Prior to Kraft, she worked for many years in logistics operations at Nabisco Foods Group.

Ms. Lentz serves on the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Christine Morena has been named Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Ms. Morena most recently served as principal of her own advisory services business, providing counsel to senior managers and boards on building best-in-class organizational structures and programs.

Prior to this, Ms. Morena served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Saks Incorporated.

She previously worked at AT&T for many years where she held positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in Senior Vice President, Human Resources, AT&T Corporation.

Joe Venezia has been named Senior Vice President, Store Operations, Toys“R”Us, U.S.

Mr. Venezia was formerly at The Pantry, where he served as Senior Vice President of Store Operations for its convenience stores and quick service restaurants across the Southeastern U.S.

Prior to this, Mr. Venezia served as Senior Vice President of Walmart U.S. and President for the company’s Northeast division.

Before joining Walmart, he was President and General Manager, Wells Fargo Merchant Services and worked at The Procter & Gamble Company in brand management roles of increasing responsibility, including leadership of a number of baby care brands.

Mr. Venezia also served as an Airborne Ranger Officer in the U.S. Army Infantry for nine years and was deployed abroad three times.

His missions included a parachute assault into Panama during Operation Just Cause and combat operations in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for demonstrated bravery.


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