Jewelry Industry & People: April 2014


Jennifer Brousseau

>>?On Feb. 12, the Providence Jewelers Club elected the following new members to its board: Jennifer Brousseau of LDC in East Providence, R.I., and Steven Cipolla of National Chain Company in Warwick, R.I.

>>?Insurance agency ­Jewelers unBLOCKed has named Diane Fowler its new director of marketing. She will lead all the company’s marketing initiatives alongside Luxury Brand Group.

>>?Rio Tinto Diamonds has appointed Brandee Dallow to manage its U.S. representative office in New York City. Dallow previously worked at Julius Klein Diamonds and JWT.

Kevin Metz

>>?Stuller has named Kevin Metz chief marketing officer, with a focus on corporate branding, social media, and e-commerce. Metz most recently served as vice president of digital marketing for Caché.

>>?Fruchtman Marketing, the Toledo, Ohio–based firm that specializes in jewelry marketing, has made some staff changes. ­Lindsay Bernsdorff was promoted to senior account coordinator, and Mallory Lee will become digital account coordinator. Also, Dustyn Evearitt has joined the agency as account coordinator. He most recently served as marketing manager for the Automobile Racing Club of America.

>>?Custom jeweler Origami Owl has promoted Deb Bursley, who joined the company in early 2013 as senior vice president of marketing, to chief marketing officer, and has appointed Tricia Chiodo chief financial officer. Chiodo brings more than 20 years of experience to her new position, most recently serving as CFO at RSC Equipment Rental, where she led an initial public offering.

>>?Tina Snyder, editor-in-chief of MJSA Journal, has resigned to start her own jewelry company, STACKED New York. Scott Raskin, vice president of Kemp Metal Products, will be president of the new company; Snyder will be partner and creative director.

>>?Bon-Ton Stores announced that president and CEO ­Brendan L. Hoffman will step down when his contract ends on Feb. 7, 2015. In a statement, ­Hoffman said the resignation was for “strictly personal reasons.”

>>?Gumuchian has hired ­Barbara Palumbo as director of business development for the South. Palumbo previously served as senior vice president at Union Diamond and writes the jewelry blog Adornmentality.

>>?Former Saks Fifth Avenue president Ron Frasch has joined ­Newton, Mass.–based private equity firm Castanea Partners and will specialize in luxury goods, including jewelry companies.

Paul Rowley

>>?De Beers has appointed Paul Rowley, Neil Ventura, and Balisi Bonyongo to its executive committee. Rowley is the company’s recently appointed vice president of global sightholder sales, Ventura heads De Beers Auction Sales, and Bonyongo is the CEO of Debswana.


>>?Lashbook, a manufacturer of men’s performance and precious metal bands, has bought the assets of former competitor Fable Designs. Fable went into bankruptcy in September 2013 and was sold at auction on Feb. 3.


>>?Tiffany & Co. has appointed Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide to handle its global marketing. The company had announced in October it was looking for an agency.


>>?Colored stone cutter and specialist Reginald Miller died on March 9 at age 93. Among the stones he cut: the famed 62 ct. Rockefeller Sapphire.


>>?Pandora’s sales in the United States rose a whopping 24 percent in 2013, to 3.2 billion Danish kroner ($589 million), according to the company’s annual report.

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