Williams-Sonoma to Shift Responsibilities Following Group President's Exit

Group president Dave DeMattei has left Williams-Sonoma Inc. The company does not plan to fill his position.

"I think we are going to change our organization around just a little rather than replace Dave directly," chairman and ceo Howard Lester said during the company's second quarter conference call.

De Mattai had overseen the company's Williams-Sonoma, Williams-Sonoma Home and West Elm brands. He left at the beginning of August.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday
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I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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