- Jan 18, 2017
Top level Crate and Barrel merchandising executive Steve Woodward will give the keynote address at this year’s Chamber Annual Meeting and Dinner. Highlighting the latest developments at Crate and Barrel, Woodward will weigh in on the changing landscape of retail and successful omnichannel strategies. He will also share his personal story and how his passion for design has allowed him to ascend through the ranks of the retail industry.
Woodward joined Crate and Barrel in August 2015 and in his position oversees all aspects of merchandising for Crate and Barrel. He is tasked with leading the growth and development of the company’s multi-channel presentation of home furnishings through its stores and direct-to-consumer channels. Woodward’s responsibilities include sourcing, product design and assortment selection for the home furnishings giant, which operates more than 100 stores in the US and Canada and 19 international franchise locations around the world.
Before joining Crate and Barrel, Woodward served as Senior Vice President of Fossil Inc. where he helped grow and develop the company’s portfolio of licensed brands for top luxury retailers, including the rollout of Michael Kors watch and jewelry on a global scale. Prior to Fossil, he was the Executive VP and General Merchandise Manager for the Bombay Company, a specialty retailer that designs, sources and markets a unique line of home accessories and furniture. He was also CEO and on the board of directors for Illuminations, a national privately owned boutique, and Vice President of Pier 1 Imports.
Woodward has a passion for home design/architecture and recently completed his 19th custom designed home. He currently is residing in Northbrook.
Crate and Barrel, an industry-leading home furnishings specialty retailer was founded in 1962 as a family business. It was among the first to introduce affordable household goods and contemporary home decor to American consumers. An extensive furniture collection was introduced more than 35 years ago. The company has grown from its first factory warehouse store in downtown Chicago, and now operates stores throughout the U.S. and Canada offering shopping and shipping to customers in most major North American Markets. Its corporate headquarters is in Northbrook.