Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Promotes Executives, Including New COO

by Nate Hunter

San Francisco — The four executive promotions are intended to position the company for continued growth.

San Francisco — Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has made several strategic organizational changes to position the company for continued growth.

Pat Connolly, chief marketing officer, will assume the position of chief strategy and business development officer. In this role, Connolly will work closely with senior management to refine the company’s long term strategy, including the development of new businesses, and the evaluation and execution of acquisitions and alliances that can provide significant growth.

“Pat has devoted the past 35 years to building the company’s multi-channel strategy and has been a driving force in our e-commerce growth,” says Laura Alber, president and CEO. “Pat will also oversee all corporate communications, including continuing to partner with CFO Julie Whalen on investor relations activities.”

John Strain, chief information officer, has been promoted to the position of chief digital and technology officer. In this new role, Strain will assume additional responsibility for the company’s digital and direct marketing efforts.

“John’s proven track record as CIO over the past 8 years, and his almost two decades of experience in e-commerce technology, will enable us to further integrate the rapid developments in digital technology into every aspect of our business,” says Alber.

Felix Carbullido has been promoted to the position of chief marketing officer, succeeding Connolly and reporting to Strain. “Felix brings a broad range of experiences across merchandising, e-commerce, and executive management to this position. Felix is a proven leader, under whom the Pottery Barn direct business has become one of the largest and most profitable in the U.S. In his new position, Felix will oversee the marketing across all our brands,” says Strain.

Dean Miller, chief supply chain officer, has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer. “Over the past 14 years, Dean has added significant value to the company in a number of positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Dean led the company’s vertical integration efforts in sourcing, the development of its domestic upholstered manufacturing operations, its global logistics network, and the regionalization of the company’s U.S. distribution network. This promotion recognizes the significant contributions that Dean has made, and the importance of all aspects of our supply chain in providing the best quality service to our customers,” says Alber.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a specialty retailer of high-quality products for the home. Brands include Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham.




SOURCE: Williams-Sonoma, Inc.



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