SAN FRANCISCO -- (Business Wire)
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) today announced the hiring of David
Jimenez as Senior Vice President, Visual and Store Experience, for the
Williams-Sonoma brand, and new leadership roles for three of its Senior
“As we continue to drive performance for the company’s portfolio of
multi-channel brands, our strong emphasis and commitment to top
executive talent within our namesake and core brands is fundamental to
our position as a category leader,” commented Laura Alber, the company’s
President and Chief Executive Officer.
David Jimenez will be joining the Williams-Sonoma brand as Senior Vice
President, Visual and Store Experience. “At Williams-Sonoma we are
committed to offering unique in-store experiences to our customers.
David is the right person to drive this focus and will lead us toward
new innovation and continued growth for the brand,” commented Janet
Hayes, President of the Williams-Sonoma brand. Jimenez previously served
as Vice President for Visual Merchandising and Store Design at Hallmark,
supporting the company’s store evolution efforts and helping it improve
performance through new levels of customer engagement. Prior to
Hallmark, David worked at national retailers including Gap Inc.,
Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
Peter Sassi has been appointed Senior Vice President, Stores, of the
Williams-Sonoma brand. In his new role Sassi will continue to bring
strategic insights, deepen customer relationships and evolve the
in-store experience. For the past 10 years, Sassi has served as Senior
Vice President, Inventory Management, for the Williams-Sonoma brand.
Sassi has been a vital partner to the stores team, demonstrating a
passion for engagement with field management and a strong understanding
of the Williams-Sonoma customer.
Jeff Howie will now serve as the Senior Vice President, Inventory
Management and Finance of the Williams-Sonoma brand. Howie brings more
than 10 years of experience with the company as a strategic and
detail-oriented leader, most recently as Senior Vice President,
Inventory Management, for the Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen brands. He
has managed major company-wide projects, including the launch of the
company’s global franchise operations. Howie has been an integral
partner in helping grow the Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen brands.
John Trifoso is expanding his current role as Senior Vice President,
Pottery Barn Inventory Management, to lead the inventory management
teams for the Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen brands. Sandra
Stangl, President of the Pottery Barn brands, commented: “John has been
with the company for nine years and has led the Pottery Barn inventory
team through a period of unprecedented growth. This move to consolidate
inventory for the Pottery Barn brands will enhance the company’s ability
to meet customers’ needs at every life stage.”
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve
risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not
fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ
materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements. Such forward-looking statements include statements related
to the strategies of the Williams-Sonoma brand and Pottery Barn brands,
and future growth within the company’s brands. The risks and
uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from
those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include
the risk that the strategies of the Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn
brands are not successful. All forward-looking statements in this press
release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof,
and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
ABOUT WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC.
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a specialty retailer of high-quality products
for the home. These products, representing eight distinct merchandise
strategies – Williams-Sonoma (cookware
registry), Pottery Barn (furniture
registry), Pottery Barn Kids (kids’
furniture and baby
registry), PBteen (girls’
bedding and boys’
bedding), West Elm (modern
furniture and room
decor), Williams-Sonoma Home (luxury
furniture and decorative
accessories), Rejuvenation (lighting
and Mark and Graham (personalized
gifts and gifts
for the home) – are marketed through e-commerce websites, direct
mail catalogs and 587 stores. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. currently operates
in the United States, Canada and Australia, offers international
shipping to customers worldwide, and has an unaffiliated franchisee that
operates 24 stores in the Middle East.
Patrick J. Connolly, 415-616-8746
Chief Marketing Officer
LaForce + Stevens
Source: Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
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