Williams-Sonoma has appointed Ronald R. Young SVP, global, as part of its strategy to grow the brand outside the United States.
“Global expansion is one of our most important initiatives, and I’m pleased to have Ron Young, with his more than 30 years of experience in global markets, leading our continued growth,” said president and CEO Laura Alber. “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 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, e-commerce sites and franchise partnerships worldwide.
“I’m thrilled to join Williams-Sonoma, Inc. as the company continues its global expansion,” added Young. “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.”
Young’s experience in global markets includes positions at Pepsi-Cola, Gap, Express and most recently Children’s Place.