Ann Arnold Elected New MJSA Chair

MJSA, the association for jewelry makers and designers, has elected Ann Arnold to be the new chair of its board of directors.

Arnold is a CPA and the chief strategy officer at the Buyers Intelligence Group, a consultancy that works with independent retailers. She previously spent 20 years in various positions, including CEO, at Lieberfarb, the bridal jewelry manufacturer.

She joined the MJSA board in 2006 and has served on the executive committee since 2010. She has also served as president of the national board of directors of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), president of the WJA Scholarship Foundation, executive board member of the Jewelers Board of Trade, and treasurer of the 24 Karat Club of New York.

“[As chair, I’d like to see] MJSA continue to bring its message to the manufacturing community, while also recognizing that the definition of manufacturer now pertains to many retailers as well,” she said. “Especially with the growth of customization at the retail level, the benefits and offerings of MJSA are today, more than ever, relevant to the industry as a whole.”

Previous chair Edward N. DeCristofaro, who held the role for two years, will now chair the MJSA Education Foundation.