Restoration Hardware Management Team
Chairman Emeritus, Creator and Curator
Gary Friedman was appointed Chairman Emeritus, Creator and Curator in August 2012. In his new role he is responsible for strategy, creative, design direction and concept development for the Company. He is also Founder, Chairman, and CEO of a new company created in August 2012 called Hierarchy, which is dedicated to curating a lifestyle well beyond the four walls of the home by leveraging RH’s core capabilities to innovate, curate and integrate new businesses. Hierarchy will develop new lines of business, including apparel, accessories, footwear and jewelry, that will be complementary to the Company’s new product development strategy, and create a brand that transcends typical models existing today. From June 2010 to August 2012, Mr. Friedman served as Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer and prior to that, from March 2001 to June 2010, was Chief Executive Officer. He was a member of the Board of Directors from March 2001 to August 2012. Prior to joining Restoration Hardware, Mr. Friedman worked for Williams-Sonoma, Inc., a specialty retailer of products for the home, from 1988 to 2001, where he served in various capacities, including as President and Chief Operating Officer from May 2000 to March 2001, as Chief Merchandising Officer and President of Retail Stores from 1995 to 2000 and as Executive Vice President and President of the Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn brands from 1993 to 1995. Prior to joining Williams-Sonoma, Mr. Friedman spent 11 years with The Gap, Inc., a specialty retailer, in various management positions. Mr. Friedman was selected to join Restoration Hardware’s board of directors because of his expertise and experience in retail and merchandising, home furnishing merchandise and branded consumer goods, sales and distribution, and leadership of complex organizations.
Chief Executive Officer
Carlos Alberini became Chief Executive Officer in August 2012 and joined Restoration Hardware as Co-Chief Executive Officer in June 2010. He has also been a director since June 2010. Prior to joining the company, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Guess?, Inc., a publicly traded specialty retailer of apparel and accessories, from December 2000 to June 2010. From May 2006 to July 2006, Mr. Alberini served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Guess?, Inc. Mr. Alberini served as a member of the Board of Directors of Guess?, Inc. from December 2000 to September 2011. From October 1996 to December 2000, Mr. Alberini served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Footstar, Inc., a footwear retailer. From May 1995 to October 1996, Mr. Alberini served as Vice President of Finance and Acting Chief Financial Officer of the Melville Corporation, a retail holding corporation. From 1987 to 1995, Mr. Alberini was with The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., an operator of department stores, in various capacities, including Vice President, Corporate Controller, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Prior to that, Mr. Alberini served in various positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an audit firm. Mr. Alberini was selected to join Restoration Hardware’s board of directors because of his expertise and experience in retail and merchandising, branded consumer goods, accounting, financing and capital finance, board practices of other large retail companies and leadership of complex organizations.
Chief Operations Officer
Ken Dunaj has served as our Chief Operating Officer since May 2006. From August 2005 to May 2006, Mr. Dunaj served as Senior Vice President, Global Logistics, for Williams-Sonoma, a specialty retailer of products for the home. From September 2000 to August 2005, Mr. Dunaj held various other positions at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., including Vice President, Distribution. Prior to joining Williams-Sonoma, Mr. Dunaj held various positions at Toys "R" Us, Inc., Genesis Direct, Inc., Reebok International Ltd. and NIKE, Inc.