Jewelry Industry & People: February 2015


>>?Roger Dubuis, the Geneva-based watchmaker, has named Jorge ­Puentes brand president of Roger Dubuis North America and Mexico.

Tristan Boyer de Bouillane

>>?Tristan Boyer de Bouillane has been named general manager at Swiss watch brand Perrelet. He was the Asia Pacific sales director for Breitling.

>>?Lugano Diamonds in Newport Beach, Calif., has named Tami Cook its chief financial officer.

>>?Signet Jewelers promoted Lynn Ahlers to the new role of vice president of total rewards, and Jody Wolf to vice president of business support services.

>>?The Doneger Group has named Roberto Ramos senior vice president of global strategy and communications. Ramos is the cofounder of creative agency Vox Collective.

>>?Steven P. Murphy left his position as CEO of Christie’s at the end of December. Current chairman Patricia Barbizet will take over as CEO. 

>>?MJSA has elected Ann Arnold to be the new chair of its board of directors. She is chief strategy officer at the Buyers Intelligence Group.

>>?Michele Sofisti has left his position as CEO of Gucci Watches and Jewelry. Gucci president and CEO Patrizio di Marco will serve as acting CEO.

Stefanie Mändlein

>>?German jewelry and watch trade show Inhorgenta Munich named Stefanie Mändlein its new exhibition director. She replaces Renate Wittgenstein, who remains as an adviser.

>>?The Indian Diamond and Color­stone Association has named Prakash Mehta of Interings Inc., president; Ashok Sancheti of Pioneer Gems, vice president; Nilesh Sheth of Nice Diamonds, secretary; Sourabh Lashkery of Gemorex International, treasurer; and Rayaz Takat of Takat Gems USA, joint secretary.

>>?Stéphane Linder has resigned as the president and CEO of TAG Heuer. Jean-Claude Biver, who heads parent company LVMH’s watch division, will act as interim CEO.

>>?Former Signet Jewelers CEO Michael W. Barnes is now chairman and CEO of Francesca’s, a 538-store chain of boutiques that features apparel, jewelry, and accessories.

>>?Movado named Jo An Lawson its first wearables director. She formerly worked with Apple as director of global retail marketing and brand experience.


>>?The Diamond Empowerment Fund has introduced, a website to show the positive role ­diamonds play in local communities. The site was built in partnership with Condé Nast Media Group.