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Williams-Sonoma Names Young SVP for Global Expansion

Ronald Young has joined multi-brand retailer Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) as senior vice president, global.

Young is responsible for growing the portfolio of Williams-Sonoma brands outside the United States. Those brands include Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen(pbteen.com), West Elm, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham.

“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, president and CEO of Williams-Sonoma, San Francisco. “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.
 
Young’s extensive experience in global markets includes positions at Pepsi-Cola, Gap Inc., Express and, most recently, Children’s Place.

“I’m thrilled to join Williams-Sonoma, Inc. as the company continues its global expansion,” Young said. “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.”







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