Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has announced it has hired Ronald R. Young as svp/global. In his new position, Young is tasked with growing the portfolio of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. brands outside the United States. The announcement was made by Laura Alber, president and CEO, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
“Global expansion is one of our most important initiatives, and I’m pleased to have Ron Young, with his more than 30 years experience in global markets, leading our continued growth,” said Laura Alber. “Ron’s deep understanding of the global retail landscape, and his financial discipline are the ideal combination of skills and experience to lead our global strategy.”
Reporting directly to Alber, Young will work in partnership with Williams-Sonoma, Inc. brand presidents at Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and West Elm to grow each brand’s global business. Alber said Young will expand the network of company-owned stores, eCommerce sites and franchise partnerships worldwide.
“I’m thrilled to join Williams-Sonoma, Inc. as the company continues its global expansion,” commented Young. “I look forward to being part of the team bringing these iconic brands, with their exceptional products, unique experiences and world class service, to customers around the world.”
Young’s extensive experience in global markets includes positions at Pepsi-Cola, Gap, Inc., Express, and most recently Children’s Place.