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W. Howard Lester


Board: Executive Board
Job Title: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Since: 2006
Age: 72

Mr. Lester has been the Chief Executive Officer of Williams-Sonoma since 2006. He has been with Williams-Sonoma since 1978. Mr. Lester has served as Chairman of the Board since 1986 and previously served as Chief Executive Officer from 1979 to 2001. He served six years with Computer Sciences Corporation, and then was Executive Vice President of Bradford National Corporation, which had acquired Centurex. Mr. Lester presently serves on the Executive Council of UCSF and the Advisory Board of the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1991, Mr. Lester endowed The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation within the Haas School.