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Toys ‘R’ Us names leadership team for Asian businesses

BY Staff Writer

Wayne, N.J. – Toys “R” Us has named the leadership team for its retail business operations in Southeast Asia and Greater China, following the recent announcement of its new joint venture agreement with Li & Fung Retailing. With this agreement, the existing Toys “R” Us business operations in the region, which had previously been licensed, are now majority owned and controlled by Toys “R” Us.

Monika Merz, currently president and CEO, Toys “R” Us, Japan has been named president, Toys “R” Us, Asia. In addition to providing ongoing leadership for the Toys “R” Us businesses in Japan and Australia, Merz’s role has been expanded to include oversight and further development of the company’s operations across seven markets throughout Asia.

Pieter Schats has been named managing director, Toys “R” Us, Southeast Asia and Greater China. Prior to this, Schats served as CEO of Toys LiFung (Asia) Limited, which previously operated the Toys “R” Us business in Asia under a licensing agreement. In his new capacity, Mr. Schats is responsible for all operations and business activities for the company’s 90 wholly owned stores in Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. He also provides support for the company’s 14 licensed stores in the Philippines and Macau. Schats reports to Merz.

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OfficeMax appoints chief digital officer

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Naperville, Ill. — OfficeMax announced that it has appointed Jim Barr as executive VP and chief digital officer, effective Nov. 14. Barr will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s e-commerce business and for driving its multichannel digital strategy.

Barr has been working with the OfficeMax e-commerce business in an advisory capacity since July 2011. Prior to that, he served as president of Sears Holdings’ online division.

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United Healthcare opens health-benefits superstore in NYC

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — United Healthcare on Wednesday opened its first comprehensive health-benefits store, in Flushing, N.Y. The insurer said the 16,000-sq.-ft. store will serve as a model for future UnitedHealthcare consumer-support centers.

The new UnitedHealthcare Asian Plaza center will provide residents with information and customer service on a variety of UnitedHealthcare benefits programs, as well as health-and-wellness services and free public health education programs. It is especially geared to the area’s many Asian-American residents.

Computers and iPads are available for visitors’ use to obtain and print health-related information, and a "health screening kiosk" measures blood pressure, pulse and body mass index (BMI) — all important indicators that help people better understand their health status. UnitedHealthcare also will host an ongoing series of education seminars, which are free to the public. Topics include nutrition and exercise, disease management and financial planning.

“Health care is a local resource, and as consumers are increasingly being asked to play a greater role in their personal health, many people are not quite ready and may need extra support,” Gail Boudreaux, CEO of UnitedHealthcare, said in a statement noting Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Neighborhood centers like the UnitedHealthcare Asian Plaza will become more critical to ensure consumers have easier access to local resources so they can learn more about their health and the options available to them. We look forward to serving consumers here in New York and expanding additional opportunities around the country to establish similar centers in other local communities."

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M.Doglous says:
Mar-27-2013 05:23 am

United healthcare introduced various numbers of health care opportunities that provides beneficial service to the people. Not even united healthcare many health care organizations are now days give more and more stress on health care service for a better healthy tomorrow. Hope we get more number of health care centers in near future. http://urgentcarenow.com/directory/fl

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