US furnishings retailer confirms leadership transitions

Global home furnishings retailer Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has announced the appointment of Jeff Howie to Chief Financial Officer.

During his 20-year tenure at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Howie has held key executive leadership roles for the Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen brands. Most recently, Howie has served as Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer overseeing Finance, Inventory, and Outlets across the Pottery Barn brands, as well as Real Estate, Store Development, Corporate Facilities, and Business to Business for all of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

“Jeff Howie has been instrumental in orchestrating the success of several of our key business initiatives over the years,” said Williams-Sonoma, Inc. President and CEO, Laura Alber. “Jeff’s financial acumen, institutional knowledge, operational expertise, and foundational contributions to our growth initiatives make him uniquely qualified to become WSI’s next CFO.”

Howie commented: “I am excited to build on my 20-year history with Williams-Sonoma, Inc. by taking on this new role and delivering on our long-term growth strategies. I am committed to driving enterprise value, amplifying communication and transparency, and building our business to exceed our goal of $10 billion.”

Former Chief Financial Officer of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Julie Whalen, has accepted the role of Chief Financial Officer of Expedia Group, Inc. Additionally, West Elm President, Alex Bellos has announced that he will transition to the role of Co-CEO and Board Member of Food 52, Schoolhouse and Dansk.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has initiated an internal and external search to identify the next president of West Elm.

In other news, West Elm has announced the launch of a new collaboration with designer, Mara Hoffman. The new Mara Hoffman Collection features 28 items that celebrate both brands’ shared passion for design, sustainability, and responsible production processes. The new assortment spans multiple categories for West Elm including furniture, lighting, decorative accessories, and textiles. 

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