New CEO for Crate and Barrel

Neela Montgomery succeeds Doug Diemoz, many of whose responsibilities she had assumed
May 4, 2017Allison Zisko

Montgomery, NeelaNeela Montgomery
NORTHBROOK, Ill.—Crate and Barrel has named Neela Montgomery CEO. A former board member of Crate’s parent company, Otto Group, Montgomery takes the reins Aug. 1.

She succeeds Doug Diemoz, who left the company a few weeks ago and is involved in a lawsuit with his former employer, Restoration Hardware, over a food and beverage store concept. Montgomery had assumed many of Diemoz’s responsibilities after his departure in April.

Crate and Barrel is a strong brand, a great company and a team of wonderful people,” Montgomery said. “I am looking forward to developing the company further by taking over not only strategic, but now also operational responsibility.”

Montgomery joined the Otto Group in November 2014 and led its multichannel retail strategy. Before joining the Otto Group, Montgomery spent 12 years at British grocery and general merchandise retailer Tesco, where she held a variety of leadership roles internationally including chief merchant for Tesco Malaysia, U.K. e-commerce director and U.K. general merchandise director on the U.K. board of Tesco.

“I respect Neela Montgomery’s decision to lead a company under her responsibility,” said Dr. Michael Otto, chairman of the Otto Group supervisory board. “Though we will miss her strategic and creative force on the group executive Board, Crate and Barrel gains a passionate global leader.”

In other executive news, fellow home retailer Pier 1 Imports’ new CEO began work this week. Alasdair James, who was named to the position last month, most recently was president of Kmart since 2014. James, like Montgomery, also worked for Tesco, holding several senior executive roles. He served as commercial director of the global business unit, as well as executive vice president and commercial director of Tesco China. James started at Pier 1 on Monday and also joins its board of directors.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor
azisko@hfnmag.com

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.

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