Nick Del Re, a veteran laboratory professional, recently joined European Gemological Laboratory. Del Re, formerly of the GIA gem identification department in New York, is an expert in colored diamonds, colored stones, pearls, and advanced gem testing technology. His responsibilities at EGL will include research project management, organizational development, and staff training. Del Re is an industry writer, speaker, and gemstone photographer. He brings more than twenty years of laboratory experience to EGL.
Zippo has announced four promotions. Bill Moore has joined Zippo as national sales manager-retail. He will work with district sales managers and wholesale distributors to build existing accounts and target new business. Previously, Moore was vice president of retail sales at Innovo, a sport-licensed company in Knoxville, Tenn. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Moore graduated from Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, with a bachelor of science in marketing.
Violet Snyder, former licensing fulfillment coordinator, has been promoted to national accounts manager. She will coordinate national accounts such as Wal-Mart, Things Remembered, and CVS and assist district sales managers in developing existing accounts and securing new national account business. Snyder will continue to handle all licensing duties. She has a bachelor of science in business administration from Youngstown State University and has been with Zippo since 1994.
Rick Pedine has been promoted to assistant export manager for Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Zippo, Pedine worked in sales for Keebler and Coca-Cola.
Bev Hull has been promoted to national accounts manager for promotional products. She has worked in various departments during her 34 years at Zippo.
Cartier has named Sylvie Freund-Pickavance as vice president of marketing and communications. She joined the company in 1989 and became president of retail for Cartier Inc. Prior to joining Cartier Inc., she worked at Cartier Hong Kong in the marketing department where she was responsible for the marketing strategy for jewelry, leather goods, and accessories. She was promoted to head retail in Cartier’s Asian division where she coordinated the retail activities for 12 Asian countries. Ms. Freund-Pickavance received her degree in marketing from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris, a leading French business school.
Cartier also has appointed David Engerman to serve as manager of the company’s Troy, Mich., boutique. He will be responsible for daily operations as well as introducing Cartier to the community through various philanthropic and arts-related activities. Prior to joining Cartier, Engerman worked for Neiman Marcus as a buyer in Dallas.
Engerman received a bachelor of science and an associated degree from the State University of New York, Fashion Institute of Technology.
Hoover & Strong Inc. has appointed Christopher J. Cart as casting director. He joins the 88-year-old precious metal manufacturer from Weston Beamor Ltd., a Birmingham, U.K., trade caster and manufacturer of 18k and platinum jewelry, where he was technical director. He also has served as technical manager at KERR Jewelry and Specialty Products and manager of technical education at the Platinum Guild International USA. He brings to this position 29 years of jewelry experience in casting, mold making, finishing, and assembly of silver, gold, and platinum jewelry products.
Bond Communications has named Suzanne Rouden of Rouden, Messmer & Partners, to head the company’s sales and new business initiatives in Europe. Rouden most recently was public relations director of the Gaba Group, a major pharmaceutical firm based in Basel, Switzerland. Prior to that, as part of the management group of Messe Basel, she was communications director of the Basel World Watch, Clock and Jewellery Show from 1996 to 1999. She also served on the management staff of the Graduate Institute of International Studies and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland.
R.F. Moeller Jeweler has named Glen A. Sorenson as its new director of marketing. He will be responsible for developing short- and long-term business and marketing strategies, advertising, promotional and public relation campaigns, and special events. Prior to joining R.F. Moeller Jeweler, Sorenson was marketing and research manager and product manager for Coyne’s & Company and special projects coordinator for Department 56. He received a BA in marketing management from the University of St. Thomas.
Robert Feiler has been named vice president of sales for Warner Jewelry Case Company. Feiler is a 30-year veteran of the in-case jewelry display and packaging industry. In 1989 he patented the “unitary ring system” (reversible ring block).