This year’s list focused on leaders who according to Barron’s “met the challenge of COVID head-on and positioned their companies to thrive well into the future.”
The periodical praised Williams Sonoma for navigating the pandemic with “the right products and a robust e-commerce operation” under Alber’s leadership as well as the company’s commitments to gender equity and the environment highlighting a recent announcement of carbon neutrality for its operations by 2025.
Other retailers included on the 30-person list are Marvin Ellison of Lowe’s, Doug McMillon of Walmart and Craig Jelinek of Costco. Also on the Barron’s Top-30 are Tim Cook of Apple, Elon Musk of Tesla and Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase. (See the full list here.)
Alber has served in the top spot at Williams Sonoma since 2010. According to the bio, she believes that the retailer’s portfolio of global brands, paired with its collaborative and creative culture, and the focus on the customer, is positioning WSI to be “Tomorrow’s Retailer.”
“Our customers love their homes, and we have a singular focus on helping make them a reflection of who they are,” she said.