Laura J. Alber

Laura J. Alber
President and CEO, Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Last Updated: 08/30/2018

Executive Summary

Laura Alber came to Williams-Sonoma as a buyer in the Pottery Barn catalog division in 1995. When many friends and colleagues were leaving their jobs for the glamorous worlds of dot com and investment banking in the late 1990s, Alber stayed put. "I believe my loyalty and focus on one company has paid off," she said in 2008. &

Personal Attributes and Interests

  • In 2013 she told Marie Claire magazine, "While I was in college at the University of Pennsylvania, I had my own small business making and selling hats. They were floppy, velvet things in style at the time. It gave me confidence abo

Current Focus

  • Primary Responsibilities: Alber is responsible for setting the company’s strategic direction, keeping its 20,000-plus associates focused on delivering world-class service to its customers, and delivering on the compan

Biographical Highlights

  • Alber was born in September 7, 1968.
  • Alber holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania

Other Boards and Organizations

  • Member, Industry Advisory Board, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Advisory Board, Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary

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