Williams-Sonoma announces new leadership roles
US homewares retailer Williams-Sonoma has recruited David Jimenez as senior vice president for visual and store experience and announced new leadership roles for three of its other senior vice presidents.
Jimenez was previously vice president for visual merchandising and store design at greeting cards retailer Hallmark, supporting the company’s store evolution efforts and helping it improve performance through new levels of customer engagement. Prior to Hallmark, Jiminez worked at Gap, Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
Janet Hayes, president of the Williams-Sonoma brand, said: “At Williams-Sonoma we are committed to offering unique in-store experiences to our customers. David is the right person to drive this focus and will lead us toward new innovation and continued growth for the brand.”
In a reshuffle of existing senior team members, Peter Sassi has become senior vice president for stores for the Williams-Sonoma brand, moving from his previous role of senior vice president, inventory management.
Jeff Howie has taken up the role senior vice president, inventory management and finance for the Williams-Sonoma brand. Most recently, Howie was senior vice president, inventory management, for the Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen brands where he managed major company-wide projects, including the launch of the company’s global franchise operations.
Finally, John Trifoso has expanded his current role as senior vice president, Pottery Barn inventory management, to lead the inventory management teams for the Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen brands.
Laura Alber, Williams-Sonoma president and chief executive said: “As we continue to drive performance for the company’s portfolio of multi-channel brands, our strong emphasis and commitment to top executive talent within our namesake and core brands is fundamental to our position as a category leader.”
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