Williams-Sonoma’s CEO Laura Alber was honored as Woman of the Year at the World Retail Awards, presented at the 12th annual World Retail Congress in Madrid.
“World Retail Congress brings together the best business leaders and industry innovators to address challenges, opportunities, and the future of our industry. The conference facilitates the most meaningful discussions for our industry and it was truly an honor to be chosen as Woman of the Year,” said Alber.
The Woman of the Year Award is chosen based on qualities that embody outstanding retail leadership, including: leading a business successfully through dramatic challenges facing the industry, having a strong strategic vision, and building focused teams that deliver the business’ goals and meet the needs of customers.
Launched in 2007, the World Retail Awards, which celebrate innovation, collaboration and creativity across the retail industry, have recognized retailers and retail initiatives across a range of categories for 10 years. The award entries are reviewed by panels of expert judges who are specialists in each of the areas covered by the categories. The finalists are then judged by a grand jury, which is composed of retail leaders from across the different sectors and geographies that reflect retailing today.