Williams-Sonoma Inc. taps new svp global

San Francisco – Williams-Sonoma Inc. has hired Ronald Young as svp, global. Young’s objective is to grow the portfolio of Williams-Sonoma brands outside the United States. The announcement was made by Laura Alber, president and ceo of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

“Global expansion is one of our most important initiatives, and I’m pleased to have Ron Young, with his more than 30 years’ experience in global markets, leading our continued growth,” said Laura Alber. “Ron’s deep understanding of the global retail landscape, and his financial discipline are the ideal combination of skills and experience to lead our global strategy.”

Reporting directly to Alber, Young will work in partnership with Williams-Sonoma, Inc. brand presidents at Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and West Elm to grow each brand’s global business. Alber said Young will expand the network of company-owned stores, eCommerce sites and franchise partnerships worldwide.

“I’m thrilled to join Williams-Sonoma, Inc. as the company continues its global expansion,” said Young. “I look forward to being part of the team bringing these iconic brands, with their exceptional products, unique experiences and world class service, to customers around the world.”

Young’s experience in global markets includes positions at Pepsi-Cola, Gap, Inc., Express, and most recently Children’s Place.

Yesterday the retailer announced the openings of a Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids stores in Manila, its first stores in Southeast Asia. Later this year, Williams-Sonoma intends to open eight new stores in Australia and new West Elm stores in the UK. The company also intends to launch Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids fully-integrated websites in UK.

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