August 6, 1957 |
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Occupation||CEO, Chairman of the Board for Restoration Hardware|
Born in San Francisco and raised by his widowed mother in Sonoma, California. Friedman received fairly low grades in community college, so began to work as a stock boy at The Gap in 1977. Following this career turn, he became the youngest manager in the company's history, in addition to the company's youngest district manager and regional manager.
From 1988 to 2001, Friedman worked for Williams-Sonoma, Inc., 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.
He was appointed chairman and co-chief executive officer of Restoration Hardware in June 2010 and has served as chief executive officer since March 2001. He has also been a director since March 2001. On August 16, 2012, he stepped down after a reported relationship with a 26 year old female subordinate. Friedman was reappointed co-CEO and chairman of the board for Restoration Hardware in July 2013. At Restoration Hardware he has overseen several reinventions of the company.
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