Industry & People



COMINGS AND GOINGS>>?Freddy J. Hanard, CEO of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, the umbrella organization for the city’s diamond industry, retired Dec. 31. Former deputy CEO Ari Epstein took over the role Jan. 1.>>?In January, Jim Gowans became managing director of Debswana, the joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana government. Since February 2010, Gowans has been chief operating and technical officer of the De Beers Group. Prior to that, he was CEO of De Beers Canada.OPENINGS>>Florida’s Mayors ­Jewelers partnered with Rolex to open Rolex by Mayors at the Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 8. Within a half hour of opening, the store sold its first timepiece.  CLOSINGS>>?Reising Jewelers & Gemologists in Cincinnati closed Dec. 23. Owner Ed Kuhlman says it was simply time to retire: “I started off with nothing as a salesperson and ende
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