Jewelry Industry & People: January–February 2019

COMINGS AND GOINGS Lisa Bridge, who was appointed president and chief operating officer of Ben Bridge Jeweler one year ago, has now been appointed the retailer’s CEO. She takes over for her father, Ed Bridge, who is retiring after heading the company since 1990. She is the fifth generation of her family to head the company, and the first woman. Richard Kessler, who founded seven-store chain Kesslers Diamonds in 1980 and was the voice of its radio ads, has left the company. J.C. Penney has appointed Jill Soltau, former president and CEO of fabric and craft retailer Jo-Ann Stores, its new CEO. She replaces Marvin Ellison, who left last May. Varda Shine, former CEO of De Beers’ sales arm, the Diamond Tra

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