Beyond CIO | episode 567

How Yasir Anwar Helped Williams Sonoma Become a Digital-First Retailer

Yasir is the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Digital Officer of Williams-Sonoma, a specialty retailer of high-quality home products representing a house of brands which include Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Mark and Graham, among others. Prior to Williams-Sonoma, Yasir was the Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Technology at Macy’s. June 14, 2021

567: In this interview, we discuss Williams-Sonoma’s digital transformation and how Yasir helped build a future-proof business model for the company that was able to not only withstand, but grow during the pandemic. He talks about the merging responsibilities of the CTO and CDO and what it means for the company to be “digital-first”. Yasir details how the company is focused on creating a frictionless customer experience, how digital and technology play a role in in-house design, and how Williams-Sonoma balances centralization with independence between their brands. Finally, we discuss what Yasir sees as the most salient trends in technology and digital coming out of the pandemic.

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This episode is sponsored by Apptio and Tanium.


The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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