William-Sonoma shakes up executive team
Clint Engel -- Furniture Today, July 9, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — Top 100 company Williams-Sonoma has hired David Jimenez as senior vice president, visual and store experience, for its Williams-Sonoma brand.
In addition, Peter Sassi was named senior vice president, stores and Jeff Howie was named senior vice president, inventory management and finance of the Williams-Sonoma brand. Also, John Trifoso, as senior vice president, Pottery Barn inventory management, is expanding his role to include leading the inventory teams for Pottery Barn Kids and the PBteen brands.
Janet Hayes, president of the Williams-Sonoma brand said Jimenez, "is the right person to drive this focus and will lead us toward new innovation and continued growth for the brand."
He previously was vice president for visual merchandising and store design at Hallmark, "supporting the company's store evolution efforts and helping it improve performance through new levels of customer engagement," according to the Williams-Sonoma release. Before that, Jimenez worked at national retailers including Gap, Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
Sassi, who was Williams-Sonoma brand's senior vice president, inventory management for the past 10 years, "will continue to bring strategic insights, deepen customer relationships and evolve the in-store experience" in his new role as senior vice president, stores, the company said.
Howie, now senior vice president, inventory management and finance for the Williams-Sonoma brand, has more than 10 years of experience with the company, most recently as senior vice president, inventory management, for the Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen brands. He has managed company-wide projects, including the launch of its global franchise operations.
Trifoso has been with the company for nine years and has led the Pottery Barn inventory team through a period of unprecedented growth, Pottery Barn brands President Sandra Stangl said.
"This move to consolidate inventory for the Pottery Barn brands will enhance the company's ability to meet customers' needs at every life stage," she added.
Williams-Sonoma is No. 3 on Furniture/Today's Top 100 with estimated furniture, bedding and accessories sales of $1.97 billion in its fiscal year ended Feb. 3.
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