Industry & People: What’s Happening in the Jewelry Industry in February 2012

COMINGS AND GOINGS>>?The American Gem Society Laboratories recently named Alethea Inns director of diamond grading. Inns is a graduate gemologist in residence, with pearls and jewelry business management credentials from GIA. She started her career with GIA's Gem Trade Laboratory in the diamond grading and gem identification departments.>>?Months after taking full control of Bulgari, luxury conglomerate LVMH tapped Fendi chair Michael Burke to head the Italian ­jeweler. Burke ran U.S. operations for Christian Dior and was president and CEO of Louis Vuitton North America from 1993 to 1997. John Gupton>>?Belair Time Corp. named John Gupton VP of sales and planning. Gupton previously worked in management in the jewelry division of Walmart, and the Gordon's Division at Zale Corp. Jean-Chrisophe Bedos>>?Tabake Kobedi has been named managing director of DTC Botswana.
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