Jewelry Industry & People: December 2014–January 2015


Judy Meana

>>?Judy Meana has been named vice president of Panama Diamond Exchange. Meana was previously director of communications at the bourse.

>>?Pat Di Lillo has been named chief financial and administrative officer of Birks Group. Di Lillo is currently senior vice president and corporate controller at engineering and construction company SNC-Lavalin.

>>?Danny Goldsmith has been named director of sales for North America for Waltham USA, U.S. distributor of Swiss-made Waltham watches. Goldsmith was previously vice president of sales at Vista International.

>>?Scott Murphy will replace Darwin Copeman as president and CEO of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. when Copeman retires in January.

>>?Former Citizen Watch CEO and president Laurence R. Grunstein has been appointed CEO of preowned jewelry buyer CIRCA.

>>?Dominion Diamond Corp. chairman and CEO Robert Gannicott is on medical leave until mid-February. Lead director Dan ­Jarvis will become acting chairman; executive vice president Brendan Bell will serve as acting CEO.

>>?Adam Bossi has been named president of Shreve, Crump & Low. Bossi comes to the company from Blancpain, where he was a brand manager.

>>?Diane Irvine, former CEO and president of jewelry e-tailer Blue Nile, is joining XO Group’s board of directors. XO Group is the parent company of wedding website The Knot, as well as related sites The Nest and The Bump.

>>?Cosmos Marketing, the parent company of Torgoen Swiss, has purchased Xetum, the San Francisco–based watch brand.

>>?Los Angeles–based watch brand Devon Works has appointed Ron Jackson, who has held executive positions at Franck Muller and Girard-Perregaux, to be global president. John Stecco, a lawyer with a private-equity background, will be chief operating officer. 

Patricia Syvrud

>>?The World Diamond ­Council has named Patricia Syvrud, founder and president of Joia Consulting, its first executive director.

>>?J.C. Penney has appointed Marvin Ellison, previously executive vice president of stores at Home Depot, as president and CEO designee, effective Nov. 1, 2014. On Aug. 1, 2015, Ellison will succeed Myron E. (Mike) Ullman as CEO of the department store.

>>?Tory Burch LLC has named Roger Farah co-CEO of the company, sharing the title with founder Tory Burch. Farah spent 14 years at Ralph Lauren as president and chief operating officer.

>>?Sotheby’s longtime ­chairman, president, and CEO William Ruprecht will step down as soon as a successor is named, by agreement with the company’s board.


Larry Pelzel

>>?Jewelers of America will ­present Larry Pelzel with the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement on Jan. 9 in New York City. Pelzel is vice president and divisional merchandise manager for precious jewels at Neiman Marcus.  JA will also present GEM Awards for Design, Marketing & Communications, and Media Excellence.


>>?Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. and Fossil Group Inc. have signed a new licensing agreement that will let the watchmaker continue to create Kors-branded watches and jewelry through 2024.

>>?Overstock has purchased the entire inventory of, the jewelry e-tailer that went out of business last year.


Terry Bradshaw

>>?Terry Bradshaw, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, four-time Super Bowl champion, and Fox NFL Sunday cohost, will be the keynote speaker at the American Gem Society’s 2015 International Conclave, to be held in New Orleans in April. JCK news director Rob Bates will emcee.