Williams-Sonoma Reorganizes Exec Team

Laura Alber, president and CEO of Williams-Sonoma, announced yesterday that the company has made several strategic organizational changes to position the company for continued growth.

CMO Pat Connolly will assume the position of chief strategy and business development officer. In this role, Connolly will work with senior management to refine the company’s long-term strategy, including the development of new businesses, and the evaluation and execution of growth opportunities such as acquisitions and alliances, the company said. 

In this role, Pat will combine his knowledge of the company, as well as the investment and venture communities to identify opportunities with significant potential that leverage our core competencies. Pat will also oversee all corporate communications, including continuing to partner with Chief Financial Officer Julie Whalen on investor relations activities,” Alber said.

CIO John Strain 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… experience in e-commerce technology will enable us to further integrate the rapid developments in digital technology into every aspect of our business,” Alber said.

Felix Carbullido has been promoted to the position of CMO, succeeding Connolly and reporting to Strain. “In his new position, Felix will oversee the marketing across all our brands,” Strain said.

Dean Miller has been promoted to the position of COO. He had held the position of chief supply chain officer where he 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,” Alber concluded.

“We believe that the changes we are announcing today reflect the strength of our talented and tenured management team and our ability to leverage this talent to continue to grow our businesses globally, increase market share, and provide outstanding quality, value, and service to our customers,” she said.