Laura Alber is President, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and is responsible for leading the Pottery Barn portfolio of brands, as well as the company's global supply chain, distribution, and worldwide logistics strategies. Ms. Alber joined Williams-Sonoma, Inc. in 1995, as a Senior Buyer for Pottery Barn. Since then she has held numerous brand management roles within the company including the positions of President, Pottery Barn Brands; Executive Vice President, Pottery Barn Merchandising; and Senior Vice President Pottery Barn Catalog and Pottery Barn Kids Retail. She was appointed to her current role in July 2006. Ms. Alber has been the leader behind several of the company's most impressive growth strategies, including the multi-channel expansion of the Pottery Barn brand and the creation of the Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Bed+Bath, PBteen and Threads brands. Her strong merchandising point of view has led the Pottery Barn brands through their most successful years of business. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Alber worked at Gap Inc., Contempo Casuals and was a successful small business owner. She has nearly 20 years experience in the retail industry. Ms. Alber holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.