Williams-Sonoma promotes finance chief

SAN FRANCISCO — Williams-Sonoma has promoted Julie Whalen, SVP, acting CFO, has been appointed EVP, CFO.

Laura Alber, the company’s president and CEO, said, “I am delighted to announce this promotion from within our company. During her eleven years at Williams-Sonoma, including the past five months during which she served as acting CFO, Julie has demonstrated tremendous leadership and a deep understanding of our business and values. I look forward to our continued partnership as we drive the company’s growth strategies and focus on delivering on our commitments to our shareholders.”

Whalen joined the company in 2001 as a leader in the financial planning organization and was promoted to VP corporate controller in 2003, SVP in 2006, treasurer in 2011, and acting CFO in March 2012. Whalen began her career in public accounting with KPMG. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a law degree from Pepperdine University.