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New president for pottery barn: Marta Benson, who spearheaded the acquisition of Rejuvenation and the start-up of Mark and Graham, succeeds Sandra Stangl.

Marta Benson is the new president of Williams-Sonoma Inc.'s Pottery Barn brand, one of the leadership changes stemming from the resignation last month of Sandra Stangl, who was president of Pottery Barn Brands and had been with the company for 23 years.

Benson served as executive vice president, Pottery Barn merchandising and visual merchandising, since 2015, and from 2011 to 2015, she served as senior vice president, business development. She spearheaded Williams-Sonoma Inc.'s acquisition of Portland-based lighting and house-parts brand Rejuvenation in 2011, as well as conceptualized the internal start-up of Mark and Graham, the company's high growth personalized gift business, which launched in November 2012, the company said. Prior to joining WSI in 2011, Benson served as CEO of Gumps. Benson reports to Laura Alber, the company's president and CEO.

"Marta brings 25 years of experience in specialty retail and direct marketing to leading the Pottery Barn brand and its vision of serving as the most inspiring American home design resource," said Alber.

In addition, Jennifer Kellor has been named president of the Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen brands, also reporting to Alber. Jeff Howie has been named executive vice president, chief administrative officer, of the Pottery Barn Brands, reporting to both Benson and Kellor.

Kellor has served as executive vice president, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen merchandising and visual merchandising, since 2016. From 201 1 to 201 6, she served as senior vice president, general merchandise manager for Pottery Barn Kids, and from 2010 to 2011, she served in a similar role for PBteen.

Howie served as executive vice president, Pottery Barn Brands inventory management and brand finance, since 2016. From 2013 to 2016, he was senior vice president, finance and inventory management for the Williams-Sonoma brand. From 2008 to 2013, he served as senior vice president, inventory management, for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen.

Alber credited Stangl with providing 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," Alber said. "Her dedication was instrumental as Pottery Barn grew to become the leading multichannel home furnishings brand in specialty retail."

"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," Stangl said.

Caption: Marta Benson

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Publication:HFN Home Furnishings News
Date:Apr 1, 2017
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