Wayne-based Toys “R” Us, Inc. names Michael J. Short Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Toys “R” Us, Inc., effective June 23. Mr. Short, 53, a seasoned finance executive with broad retail and corporate development experience, was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AutoNation for seven years. He will serve as a member of the company’s Global Executive Committee and report to Antonio Urcelay, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Mr. Urcelay said, “We are delighted to have Mike join the organization during this transformational time for our company and look forward to the benefit of his strong financial and strategic experience, as well as his unique insights and fresh perspective on the business.”
Prior to his most recent role at AutoNation, Mr. Short was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Universal Orlando. Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of finance roles at Universal Orlando, Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc. and IBM Corporation. Mr. Short was also a helicopter pilot and tactics instructor for the United States Navy, based out of Norfolk, VA. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and received a Master’s of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Mr. Short said, “I am excited to join the Toys“R”Us team to help lead the successful execution of the company’s ‘TRU Transformation’ strategy and position the business for profitable growth in the future.”
Mr. Short succeeds Clay Creasey, who has left the organization after eight years.Related Articles: