Williams-Sonoma Reorganizes Senior Leadership

The changes put in place impact the Pottery Barn brand along with key positions with in the retailer's corporate structure.
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Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is implementing several changes to the executive leadership team at Pottery Barn that includes expanding the role of Pottery Barn’s Marta Benson. 

Laura Alber, president and CEO of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., said Benson will now serve as CEO of Pottery Barn with oversight of the Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen brands while also remaining president of Pottery Barn. She will report to Alber. 

 “I am thrilled to step into this leadership role and drive stronger collaboration, synergies and new strategies for growth across the Pottery Barn Brands with these great teams,” said Benson.

Additionally, Jen Kellor, president, Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen, will continue to lead the strategy and operations of the two brands while reporting to Benson. During her 25 years with Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Michelle Hummel has been promoted to lead Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s Global Business, stepping into this role after serving as the interim leader since July 2022. Hummel has held various leadership roles in merchandising and business development across the brand portfolio during her 24-years with Williams-Sonoma, Inc., including serving as a key leader of the Global Business for the past 10 years. 

Abby Teisch has been promoted to lead Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s cross-brand Marketing teams including Customer Relationship Management, Marketing Strategy and Analytics, Digital Marketing and Loyalty. Teisch has been with Williams-Sonoma, Inc. for more than 17 years and was recently appointed the interim leader of the Marketing team following the promotion of Felix Carbullido, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s former Chief Marketing Officer, to President of the Williams Sonoma brand in July of 2022. 

These moves follow the recent appointment of Day Kornbluth as the new president of West Elm.

“This organizational re-alignment of tenured leaders who have proven excellence throughout their careers at Williams-Sonoma, Inc. positions our company to create corporate synergies designed to deliver value for our customers and shareholders,” Alber said.