Williams-Sonoma Tabs Execs for New posts

Williams-SonomaSAN FRANCISCO-Williams-Sonoma has set new roles for several of its executives in an effort “to position the company for continued growth,” according to a statement from the specialty retailer.

Pat Connolly, chief marketing officer, will become chief strategy and business development officer. In his new role, Connolly is responsible for redefining Williams-Sonoma’s long-term strategy, including the development of new businesses, and the evaluation and execution of acquisitions and alliances that could position the company for growth. He will also oversee corporate communications and continue to partner with Julie Whalen, chief financial officer, on investor relations.

John Strain, chief information officer, has been promoted to chief digital and technology officer. This move puts Strain in charge of Williams-Sonoma’s digital and direct-marketing efforts.

Felix Carbullido, head of the Pottery Barn direct business, has been named to succeed Connolly as chief marketing officer. He will oversee the marketing across all of Williams-Sonoma’s brands. Dean Miller, chief supply chain officer, has been promoted to chief operating officer.

Laura Alber, president and CEO, said, “We believe that the changes we are announcing today reflect the strength of our talented and tenured management team and our ability to leverage this talent to continue to grow our businesses globally, increase market share and provide outstanding quality, value and service to our customers.”