Crate & Barrel has brought in ex-Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn president, Janet Hayes, as its new CEO.
Hayes, who is set to join the international home furnishings retail franchise on August 1, is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of retail experience. Between 2013 and 2019 she was president of the Williams-Sonoma brand, where she led the successful turnaround of the San Francisco-based business.
Prior to Williams-Sonoma, Hayes was president of Pottery Barn Kids and Teen. She has also held positions at companies such as Nike, GAP and Macy’s and has international experience through partnerships with Fortnum&Mason, Thomas Browne and Harrods.
“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,” said Hayes.
Sergio Bucher, chairman of the supervisory board of Crate and Barrel, said: “Janet not only comes with a great understanding of the U.S. customer in the home category with deep product knowledge and a passion for the shopping experience, but she is also a thoughtful and inspiring leader. She will help us strengthen the position of Crate and Barrel as a design-led, lifestyle company in the market.”