TRU Appoints Melzer
Toys “R” Us (TRU) has appointed Michael Melzer as managing director, Toys “R” Us, Central Europe. In this capacity, he will be responsible for the company’s business operations throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This will encompass 91 stores and four e-commerce sites as well as approximately 2,200 employees in the regions. Melzer will report to Wolfgang Link, president of TRU Europe.
Melzer most recently served as managing director of Staples in Germany, overseeing its retail stores and online business. Prior to that, he held multiple positions at department store chain Karstadt and Tchibo.
Laser Pegs Taps Kuhn, Scott
Laser Pegs, part of Laser Pegs Ventures LLC, recently tapped Rainer Kuhn as the new CEO of Laser Pegs. Kuhn has more than 25 years experience in international sales and marketing, and is focused on making Laser Pegs a worldwide market leader in the educational construction toy market. Kuhn has sold and marketed products in every major market worldwide.
Laser Pegs also recently hired Jeffrey Scott as a new writer. Scott comes to Laser Pegs with a background in writing more than 700 animated television scripts, such as for Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, Pac-Man, Duck Tales, Winnie the Pooh, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In addition to script writing Scott also has a background in comic writing and creating fine art.