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Toys “R” Us Canada has a new leader

08. November 2019 10:55 h

MEGA Brands’ Vic Bertrand Takes the helm at Toys “R” Us Canada

By toybook.com

Effective immediately, Vic Bertrand, formerly of MEGA Brands, joins the company as its president and CEO. Bertrand has spent the past 18 months working with Toys “R” Us Canada as a board member and advisor following the company’s purchase by Fairfax Holdings Limited. Fairfax owned MEGA Brands prior to its sale to Mattel in 2014.

“In 1986, when my father made his first journey into international sales from Canada, it was Toys ‘R’ Us founder Charles Lazarus who noticed his tiny display in a crowded showroom and gave my father his first international order,” says Bertrand.  “It’s an absolute honor to join the Toys ‘R’ Us Canada team and to partner once again with Fairfax for this exciting new chapter.”

Bertrand’s appointment follows the August resignation of Melanie Teed-Murch, who left to pursue a new role as CEO of ONroute following a three-year run as Toys “R” Us Canada president, capping more than 20 years with the company. In the interim, Frank Juhasz, vice president of marketing and omnichannel innovation at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us Canada served as the public face of the company, which recently launched its 2019 holiday campaign, including a partnership with Snapchat for an exclusive augmented reality (AR) lens that gamifies the shopping experience for some of this year’s top holiday toys.

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