Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Announces Leadership Updates
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM), the world’s largest digital-first, design-led and sustainable home retailer, announced today four internal leadership updates that will further strengthen the business strategy and efficiencies of the Pottery Barn brands as well as the company’s global business and marketing departments. The promotion and alignment of these executives will create corporate synergies designed to deliver value for customers and shareholders and demonstrates the strength of the company’s leadership bench.
“Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is known for developing leaders and attracting the best talent in the industry,” said Williams-Sonoma, Inc. President and CEO, Laura Alber. “This promotion of internal, long-tenured leaders with proven track records of delivering results, reflects the strength of our leadership bench. These leadership moves, coupled with our recent appointment of Day Kornbluth as the new President of West Elm, positions us with an incredibly strong team to deliver long-term growth and success for Williams-Sonoma, Inc.”
Pottery Barn President, Marta Benson will expand her current role to Chief Executive Officer Pottery Barn Brands. In her new position, Benson will report to Williams-Sonoma, Inc. CEO, Laura Alber and oversee the Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen brands while remaining President of Pottery Barn. During Benson’s 12 years with Williams-Sonoma, Inc., she has been instrumental in leading dynamic growth in Pottery Barn, positioning the brand with differentiated design offerings, while amplifying sustainability as a core value and driving the brand’s digital transformation. Benson’s background in strategy and business development, coupled with her entrepreneurial track record, will help drive growth and synergies across the Pottery Barn family of brands.
Added Benson, “I am thrilled to step into this leadership role and drive stronger collaboration, synergies and new strategies for growth across the Pottery Barn Brands with these great teams.”
Jen Kellor, President, Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen, will continue to lead the strategy and operations of Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen while reporting to Benson. During her 25 years with Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Kellor has developed a proven track record of delivering results and successfully growing the Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen brands.