As part of its continued growth strategy, Williams-Sonoma made several organizational changes to its management team. Chief Marketing Officer Pat Connolly has been elevated to chief strategy and business development officer. Connolly will work closely with senior management to refine the company's long-term strategy, including the development of new businesses and the evaluation and execution of acquisitions and alliances that can provide significant growth. "Pat has devoted the past 35 years to building the company's multichannel strategy and has been a driving force in our e-commerce growth," said President and CEO Laura Alber.
As someone who has been working in retail direct marketing for more than three decades – quite possibly longer than anyone else in the room at today’s Retail Innovation & Marketing Conference – Williams-Sonoma CMO Pat Connolly has a tremendous amount of insight on retail, traditional marketing, and how the internet can help retailers save money and increase their brand.
Brides and catalogers turn to online registries National retail chains used to dominate the wedding gift registry market. Now the Web is cutting catalogers a bigger piece of the $35 billion wedding cake as online gift registries make registering and shopping for gifts easier for far-flung guests. Renowned gift catalogs, including Ross-Simons and Macys.com, have already put their popular real-world registries online. Now Web gift registry networks are making cross-catalog registrations possible so that a bride and groom with eclectic tastes can register for everything from fine china to outdoor recreation gear. These registries include Della & James (www.dellajames.com), which was