Outward hires Ward as senior sales manager

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Outward, an independent Williams-Sonoma-owned company, has hired home furnishings veteran, Taylor Ward as senior sales manager.

Taylor Ward

In addition to establishing and strengthening customer relationships, Ward will focus on the customer base for Outward’s Aperture Platform. An experienced sales leader in the home furnishings industry, Ward previously was national sales manager of Hughes Furniture, where Outward said he was instrumental in raising overall sales by more than 25%

“With an impressive background and a rolodex of industry contacts, Ward has been an asset to our team since he joined,” Outward Co-founder Gaurav Sethi said in a release. “His connections with well-known professionals have already made an impact.”

Ward noted he has been on the photography side of the business for multiple manufacturers and vendors, “so Outward felt like a great fit right out of the gate, coupled with the fact that I believe this is exactly what the industry needs.”

“I’ve heard from vendors, retailers, and they all have the same issues with product photography that they’re trying to manage. It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you’re on in the industry — whether you’re direct-to-consumer or business-to-business — it’s a platform everyone can use.”

In addition to sales, Ward is passionate about donating his time and money to his family-founded charity, Project Santa, where presents are delivered to kids in need around Christmastime.

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