Williams-Sonoma names new president

Williams-Sonoma has appointed Janet Hayes, currently the president of Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen, as president, effective March 20. She replaces Richard Harvey, who will be leaving the company on May 3, 2013, after 30 years of service.

Laura Alber, the company’s president and CEO, said, “On behalf of the board and senior management team, I want to thank Richard for his many contributions to the company. He provided vision for the Williams-Sonoma brand over the past three decades as it grew from a few California stores to the iconic, multi-channel business that it is today. Over the last few years, Richard increased the percentage of products that are either vendor-branded exclusives or Williams-Sonoma-branded, created innovative new product lines, introduced our Agrarian business, and relaunched Williams-Sonoma Home. He also hired top talent to evolve the brand’s aesthetic and marketing.”

Alber stated, “Janet’s strong vision, retail leadership and operational expertise have driven record revenues and profits in both Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen. Her experience in product development and retail customer engagement is an excellent fit for the Williams-Sonoma brand as it focuses on strategies to increase product exclusivity, introduce new products, deepen customer relationships, and evolve the in-store experience. She will lead a strong and seasoned merchandising and field leadership team.” 

Hayes has served as president of Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen since 2010. From 2008 to 2010, she served as EVP Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen, and from 2007 to 2008, she served as SVP and general merchandise manager Pottery Barn. Prior to 2007, she held roles at American Eagle Outfitters, Nike and Gap.

Sandra Stangl, president of Pottery Barn, will expand her role to include Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen, effective March 20.

Stangl has served as president Pottery Barn, since 2008. From 2006 to 2008, she served as EVP Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen. Between 1994 and 2006, Stangl served in various leadership roles in the Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen brands.

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