Industry & People: May 2012


>>?Blue Nile named veteran retailer Harvey Kanter, 50, its new CEO and president. He was previously CEO of Moosejaw Mountaineering and Backcountry Travel, a retailer of premium outdoor apparel and gear. He replaces interim CEO Vijay Talwar, who was appointed Blue Nile’s general manager and president of its international business.

>>?Van Cleef & Arpels CEO ­Stanislas de Quercize will take the reins of Cartier at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by Nicolas Bos, who is currently creative director of Van Cleef & Arpels and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels North America.

>>?Jeff High, founder and president of Gemvision, is joining Stuller’s executive team as executive vice president. High, who will be based out of the firm’s Lafayette, La., headquarters, will coordinate activities between Gemvision and Stuller.

>>?The Diamond Dealers Club of South Africa reelected all members of its executive committee for a new term. Ernest Blom was reelected chairman, Lionel Noach was reelected vice chairman, and M. Ellis was reelected treasurer.

>>?New York City jeweler William Barthman named Richard Granatoor its general manager. Prior to his hire, Granatoor served as general manager of Tourneau for six years.

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Susan Jacques

>>?Susan Jacques, CEO of Borsheims in Omaha, Neb., was named the honorary chair of the Diamond Development Initiative’s “Friends of DDI” fundraising campaign.

Jamie Mordaunt

>>?Former De Beers executive Jamie Mordaunt will join I. Hennig Botswana and will relocate to Gaborone to join Tshebetso Kgatlwane in the firm’s Botswana office.

>>?The Gemological Institute of America appointed Stephen B. Morisseau public relations director. Morisseau has more than 25 years of experience in communications and PR, and previously served as a U.S. diplomat for 15 years.

>>?ASHI Diamonds appointed Jeff Elliot sales representative and marketing consultant for Florida state. Elliot brings more than 30 years of ­jewelry experience to his new role. 

>>?Laurie Beja Miller, former vice president of special projects at Apple, was named executive vice president of The Square at J.C. Penney.

>>?Platinum Guild International named Nicholas Graham Smith regional director for the Japanese, U.S., and European markets.

>>?Aidan Smith joined JewelPops’ design team. Smith studied jewelry design and metalsmithing at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.


>>?Derek M. Parsons, 66, former head of the Diamond Bourse of the Southeastern United States and an original litigant in the De Beers antitrust case, died of leukemia on Feb. 22.

>>?Anne Gendreau, co-owner of Gendreau Jewelers in Boston and Joyce & Gendreau Jewelers in North Quincy, Mass., died on March 14 at age 75.