Long-time apparel exec joins Williams-Sonoma board

SAN FRANCISCO — Williams-Sonoma that its board of directors has elected Rose Marie Bravo to the board.

Bravo served as CEO of Burberry Group plc from 1997 to 2006 and then as vice chairman until 2007. Bravo served as President of Saks Fifth Avenue from 1992 to 1997, with responsibility for merchandising, marketing and product development. Prior to Saks, she held a number of positions at R.H. Macy & Co., including chairman and CEO of the I. Magnin specialty division from 1988 to 1992. She currently serves on the boards of directors of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Tiffany & Co. Bravo was named the most powerful woman in fashion by Time Magazine in 2004, and she was included in the Forbes list of “The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World” in 2005.

“Rose Marie Bravo is an icon in the retail world,” said Adrian Bellamy, chairman of the board of directors of Williams-Sonoma Inc. “As Williams-Sonoma continues its global expansion, we are confident that Rose Marie will play a key role in guiding our success.”