Industry & People: October 2012



COMINGS AND GOINGS

>>?Chamilia has appointed executive vice president and chief business development officer Michael ­Flaherty as its new CEO.

>>?Prestige Promenade named Chris Casey its new executive director. Casey spent eight years with Nielsen Co., running its jewelry properties including Couture, the JA New York shows, and National Jeweler.

>>?Patrick W. Welch, most recently the chief operating officer of Adaco Services, has been named ­president and COO of Rembrandt Charms

>>?Belle Étoile president Jim Grohn has retired. Grohn was appointed in November 2010; a replacement has not been announced. Debra King was hired as Southeast sales director. She recently worked as a regional sales manager for Montblanc.

Coleman Clark

>>?Jewelers of America has named new board members: Coleman Clark, president of B.C. Clark ­Jewelers in Oklahoma City; Lane Schiffman, co-owner of Schiffman’s in Greensboro, N.C.; James Seuss, president-CEO of Tourneau in New York City; Ray Stuart, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer of ­Helzberg Diamonds in Kansas City, Mo.; Cathy Tivol, CEO of Tivol in Kansas City, Mo.; and Betsy Wolgemuth, ­co-owner of Koser ­Jewelers in Lancaster, Pa.

>>?David Yurman recruited three executives for its ­marketing and retail divisions: William Paretti, previously vice president of marketing at Moët Hennessey, was appointed chief marketing officer. ­Brendon Lynch, late of Anthropologie, is vice president of retail. Ruth Sommers joins as a consultant over­seeing supply chain and product development.

>>?Former Pandora North America president John A. White has joined watchmaker Fossil as executive vice president and COO. White was replaced at Pandora by Scott Burger, the division’s former COO.

REMEMBERED

>>?Lazare Kaplan reported the Aug. 12 death of director and company secretary Lucien Burstein. He joined the board of directors in 1984 and served on the audit and compensation committees of the board.

>>?Leonard Luria, former chairman and CEO of the L. Luria & Son chain, died Sept. 3 at age 89.

OPENING

Courtesy of De Beers Diamond Jewellers
De Beers opens its doors in Shanghai.

>>?De Beers Diamond Jewellers has opened its first Shanghai store in the heart of the city’s Pudong district. It’s De Beers’ fourth store in mainland China.

COMPANIES

>>?Jewelry designer-manufacturer Alex and Ani ­has purchased 68-year-old local clothing retailer ­Wilson’s of Wickford.

>>?Gitanjali Group acquired a 15.3 percent stake in publicly traded Japanese 101-store chain Verite. Gitanjali will supply 50 percent of Verite’s jewelry.