Dione Kenyon, president of the Jewelers Board of Trade since 2002, will retire next year.
A successor was not named, and the timing of her retirement will be dependent on a replacement. The JBT has formed a search committee to look for a new president.
Kenyon, who turns 62 in February, tells JCK she wanted “a chance to take a step back and do some things I’ve always to do.”
“It was a personal decision but a hard one,” she says. “This is an all-in job. I found myself at this time in my life wanting to pursue interests that I’ve had but couldn’t pursue while working full time.
“In a lot of ways I’ll never leave JBT, as far as my friendships and commitment to this organization,” she adds. “I have been involved with JBT for 25 years and all my career in the jewelry industry. You don’t just walk away from that.”
Prior to becoming president of JBT, Kenyon served on the group’s board and headed FleetBoston Financial Corp.’s precious metal lending group and consumer lending group. She has also served on the boards of the Women’s Jewelry Association, Gemological Institute of America, Jewelers Vigilance Committee, and 24 Karat Club of New York. She was also the first woman president of the Boston Jewelers Club.
“I see myself continuing my friendships and associations in the industry,” Kenyon says. “That would be impossible for me not to do.”
In a statement, JBT chairman Richard Weisenfeld said Kenyon moved the group “to a 24/7 online information platform, completely modernized our credit reporting and rating systems, rolled out a mobile version of JBT’s renowned Red Book, and more fully leveraged JBT’s data to provide more robust statistics, state of the industry and trend reporting, custom research, and outreach.”