Cowell stepping down at Williams-Sonoma

SAN FRANCISCO — Patrick Cowell, president of the Williams-Sonoma brand, will retire in March 2005.

In the interim, he will work closely with Howard Lester, chairman, and Ed Mueller, CEO, to ensure an effective transition, stated the company.

Williams-Sonoma stated that it will begin a search for Cowell's replacement, both internally and externally, and expects to name a new brand head in the first quarter of 2005.

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