Industry & People: November–December 2016


>>?Trollbeads has appointed Robin Aagaard (pictured, inset) as president and CEO of its North American office. He is the eldest son of the brand’s founders, Lisa and Peter Aagaard.

>>?Jewelers Vigilance Committee has named Miya Owens assistant counsel. Owens replaces Sara Yood, now senior counsel for the organization.

>>?Weston Jewelers in Weston, Fla., has named Alan Finkel and Natalie Goldberg to its sales team. Both came from Levinson Jewelers.

>>?HRD Antwerp announced that Peter Macken has been “relieved of his duties as CEO as a result of differing strategic views.”

>>?Henri Barguirdjian has stepped down after 16 years as CEO of Graff North America. No replacement had been named at press time.

>>?Tiffany & Co. has appointed Mark Erceg to be its next executive vice president and chief financial officer. Previously, Erceg was executive vice president and chief financial officer at Canadian Pacific Railway.

>>?Noah Pearce, previously of Gemvara, Assael, and Mikimoto, joined Frederick Goldman as director of quality engineering. Goldman also named Natalie Engravido director of brand management for Triton jewelry.

Deborah Marquardt 

>>?The Diamond Producers Association has named Deborah Marquardt chief marketing officer. Marquardt was most recently vice president and general manager of Time Inc.’s Style Network.

>>?Edi Faltz has been named executive vice president at World Jewelry & Diamond Hub, Panama, Latin America’s first diamond exchange. Faltz replaces Joseph Kuzi, who is stepping down after two years. 

>>?James F. Haag has been appointed to the new position of managing director of Verdura and Belperron. The former head of De Beers’ U.S. advertising account, Haag joined Verdura in 2006 as vice president of sales and business development. 



>>?Cheng Yu-tung, the onetime refugee who turned Hong Kong jeweler Chow Tai Fook into one of the largest in the world, died Sept. 29 at age 91.

>>?Thomas A. Foody, past president of the Chicago Jewelers’ Association, died Sept. 29. He was 56.

Richard Schreibman

>>?Richard Schreibman, former owner of Alson Jewelers in Cleveland, died on Oct. 20. He was 78.

>>?Alvin Goldfarb, founder of Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler in Bellevue, Wash., died Sept. 4. He was 84.

>>?Clayton Devereaux Poole, vice president of Peter D. Poole Fine Jewelers in Memphis, Tenn., died Aug. 20. He was 32.

>>?James Caudill, 53, former director of the advanced instrument division for the American Gem Society, died Oct. 15.

>>?Lorenzo Yih, chairman and CEO of Lorenzo Jewelry Group, died Aug. 5 at age 77.

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