Crate & Barrel Hires a Williams-Sonoma Vet as CEO
Crate & Barrel will soon have a new CEO.
Janet Hayes, president of Williams-Sonoma between 2013 and 2019, will take over leadership of Crate & Barrel on Aug. 1.
“A seasoned executive with over 25 years of retail experience, Hayes brings an outstanding track record of developing and repositioning brands with deep expertise in the home category,” the retailer said Tuesday, crediting her with leading “the successful turnaround of the San Francisco-based business. Known for leading high-performing teams with an inspiring, inclusive style, Janet's business vision, commitment to product leadership, strong operational strategies and digital fluency inspired modern brand experiences for customers with exceptional business outcomes.”
Prior to William Sonoma, Hayes worked as president of Pottery Barn Kids and Teen. She’s also worked for Nike, GAP and Macy's. Her international experience extends to the Middle East, Korea and Australia and more recently Europe through partnerships with Fortnum&Mason, Thomas Browne and Harrods.
"I am delighted to lead Crate & Barrel Holdings and its family of brands at this pivotal time in retail and work alongside an immensely talented team building on over 55 years of experience," Hayes said. "My passion for great brands with meaningful heritage makes this an extraordinary opportunity. I am equally humbled and energized to lead the company into a new phase of transformation and growth.”
Founded in 1962, Crate and Barrel Holdings includes lifestyle brands Crate and Barrel, CB2, Crate and Kids and Hudson Grace. Today, the company is a member of the Otto Group and operates over 100 Crate and Barrel and CB2 stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, with franchise locations in 9 countries. More than 200 million customers visit the Crate and Barrel Holdings stores and websites each year.