WGC makes organizational changes

The World Gold Council, Americas, today announced several changes in its U.S. jewelry organization, based in New York.

John Calnon has been appointed to the new position of International Jewelry Director. Calnon rejoined the WGC in 2001 as Director, Jewelry Americas after 5 years at QVC where he was Vice President, Jewelry Merchandise. Calnon first joined the WGC in 1991 after a career in retailing, including four years with the Zale Corp.

Rick Bannerot has become Vice President, Advertising for the WGC’s U.S. jewelry programs. Bannerot, who joined the WGC in 2000, was Associate Vice President of Advertising at Rolex Watch USA. Immediately prior to joining the WGC, Bannerot was Advertising and Marketing Director at Mayors Jewelers in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and an interim Managing Director at Hill & Knowlton Public Relations’ consumer marketing practice in New York.

Duvall O’Steen has been appointed to the new position of Manager, Jewelry Public Relations & Promotion following three years as Marketing Coordinator for US Jewelry. O’Steen first joined the WGC in 1999 in a project coordinator capacity. Her previous experience was in consumer relations and training in the automobile industry.