Industry & People: May 2018


Nvard J SununuDanhov has named Nvard J. Sununu (pictured) director of marketing and communications.

Bill KoefoedBlue Nile has appointed Bill Koefoed (pictured) chief financial officer. Most recently he served as partner and CFO for BCG Digital Ventures, a corporate investment and incubation firm.

Christopher Designs has appointed Margaret Becker vice president of sales. She has been with the New York City–based jewelry brand 14 years.

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Shannon WashburnShannon Washburn (pictured) has been named the president of Shinola, succeeding watch brand veteran Jacques Panis.

Luca + Danni has appointed Pam Lipsky national sales manager. She previously served as Southeast regional sales manager for Pandora.

Movado Group has appointed Behzad Soltani its new chief digital officer. He previously worked at Boxed and Keurig. In addition, Michelle Barna-Stern has been named vice president of social media. She most recently served as VP of social marketing at 360i, a digital marketing agency.

katherine rosenberg pineau jaime polkKatherine Rosenberg-Pineau and Jaime Polk (pictured) have created a new consulting company called 21C Jewelry Solutions. Rosenberg-Pineau ­previously served as head of design and manufacturing for Hearts On Fire and Leo Schachter. Polk most recently was vice president of sales for Frederick Goldman.

ellen jungerHelzberg Diamonds has appointed a new chief marketing officer, Ellen Junger (pictured), and named a new ad agency of record, Carmichael Lynch. Junger previously worked for Payless ­ShoeSource.



The Civil Society Coalition of the Kimberley ­Process ­announced that the ­Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association will now head the umbrella group. It is the first African group to head the coalition.



Morris AdwarMorris Adwar (pictured), the founder of ALA Casting, Alarama Jewelry, and Overnight Mountings, died Feb. 15 in Lawrence, N.Y. He was 96.

Theodore “Ted” ­Shaughnessy, 55, owner of Austin, Texas, retailer Gallerie Jewelers, died of gunshot wounds sustained during a home invasion on the morning of March 2. At press time, it was not known if the ­incident was related to his work in the jewelry business.



mercedes abramoAt its annual Awards for Excellence gala, the ­Women’s Jewelry ­Association will ­present ­Visionary Awards to ­Mercedes Abramo (pictured), ­president and CEO of Cartier North America; Caryl Capeci, president of Hearts On Fire; and Nadja Swarovski, the first ­female member of the ­executive board of ­Swarovski. WJA will also present a joint ­Visionary Award to U.N. Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to ­gender ­equality and women’s empowerment, and De Beers Group, who have partnered to speed the advancement of women throughout the De Beers ­organization. The gala will be held on July 16 at Pier 60 at New York City’s Chelsea Piers.



The Nordstrom board ­rejected a bid from its namesake family to take the department store chain private, calling the $8.4 billion offer “inadequate.”

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