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Pottery Barn Gets New Management Team Following Stangl Resignation

Retailer Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) said it is reorganizing the leadership team at Pottery Barn following the resignation of Sandra Stangl as president of Pottery Barn Brands.

The retailer said the resignation of Stangl, who has been with the company for 23 years, is effective March 31.

“On behalf of the board and senior management team, I want to thank Sandra for her many contributions to the company," said Laura Alber, president and CEO of Williams-Sonoma. "She provided vision and leadership for the Pottery Barn Brands for more than two decades. 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. Her dedication was instrumental as Pottery Barn grew to become the leading multi-channel home furnishings brand in specialty retail.”

Alber said the restructured leadership team will be headed by Marta Benson, who has been named president of Pottery Barn; Jennifer Kellor, who has been named president of the Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen brands; and Jeff Howie, who has been named executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Pottery Barn Brands.

Stangl said “I am so proud over the last two decades to have been a part of the Pottery Barn Brands’ mission to bring inspiration home. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with one of the most talented and inspiring teams in retail. I thank them for their dedication and look forward to their future successes.”

Benson and Keller report to Alber, while Howie reports to both Benson and Kellor.

Benson has been with Williams-Sonoma since 2011, and has been executive vice president of Pottery Barn merchandising and visual merchandising since 2015.

Kellor has been with the Pottery Barn organization since 1997, and most recently was executive vice president of Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen merchandising and visual merchandising.

Howie has been executive vice president of Pottery Barn Brands inventory management and finance since 2016, and has been with the Pottery Barn organization since 2002.

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