Pottery Barn brands restructure leadership

New presidents for Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen as Stangl exits

San Francisco-The Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids brands will have new chiefs in the wake of Pottery Barn president Sandra Stangl’s resignation.

Marta Benson, evp of Pottery Barn merchandising and visual merchandising, will succeed Stangl and report to Laura Alber, president and ceo of parent company Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Jennifer Kellor, evp of Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen merchandising and visual merchandising, will become president of Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen, and will also report to Alber.

Jeff Howie, evp of Pottery Barn brands inventory management and brand finance, will become evp and chief administrative officer of the Pottery Barn brands, and report to Benson and Kellor.

Stangl’s resignation will take effect on March 31. She is leaving the company after 23 years of service.

“Sandra led the Pottery Barn Brands to record revenues and profits and was part of the small teams that created and launched Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen,” Alber said. “Her dedication was instrumental as Pottery Barn grew to become the leading multi-channel home furnishings brand in specialty retail.”

Benson has been with Williams-Sonoma since 2011, coming to the company after serving as ceo of Gumps. She spearheaded Williams-Sonoma’s acquisition of the lighting and house-parts brand Rejuvenation in 2011. In addition, she conceptualized the internal start-up of Mark and Graham, the company’s personalized gift business, which launched in November 2012.

Kellor has served in various roles in the Pottery Barn brands organization since 1997, and took her current role last year. Howie has held several positions in inventory management for the Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn brands since 2002.

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