Jewelry Industry & People: June 2014


Hal Rubenstein

>>?New York City–based jewelry company Gabriel & Co. has named Hal Rubenstein its global style ­director. Rubenstein—who just wrapped a 20-year stint at InStyle, where he was a founding editor, fashion director, and, most recently, editor at large—will help craft Gabriel & Co.’s brand strategy and redefine its look, feel, and messaging.

>>?The Edge Retail Academy added Larry Johnson and Grant Walsh to its mentoring team. Johnson, author of The Complete Guide to Effective ­Jewelry Display, will provide case-by-case analyses of displays. Walsh, founder of Walsh Family Business Advisory Services, will advise on family succession.

>>?Veteran brand and marketing exec Kevin Hall has been named president and CEO of Geneva Watch Group. He has worked with Procter & Gamble and Fidelity Investments.

>>?Rolex has appointed Jean-­Frédéric Dufour, CEO of LVMH brand Zenith, as its third CEO in the last six years.

Vincent Brun

>>?Watchmaker Vacheron Constantin has appointed brand veteran Vincent Brun president of its North American division. Brun, now general manager of the Northern Europe division, replaces Hugues de Pins, who will join Cartier North America, which, like Vacheron, is part of the Richemont group.

>>?Macy’s has appointed chief merchandising officer Jeffrey Gennette company president.

>>?Elie Bernheim, grandson of the founder of eponymous watch brand Raymond Weil, was named CEO of the company April 8. He takes over from father Olivier Bernheim, who will remain a consultant and president of the board of directors.


>>?The Dreyfuss Group, a Swiss company that manufactures the Rotary, Dreyfuss & Co., and J&T Windmills watch brands, has been acquired by China Haidian Holdings. Executive chairman Robert Dreyfuss and his management team will stay on.


>>?Edward L. Barks, former CEO of Frehold Display, died in his sleep on March 9. He was 76.

>>?Samuel Schick, former chairman of the board as well as secretary of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York, has died at the age of 86.


Previous Shipley winner Bill Sites with 2014 honoree Doug Parker

>>?Doug Parker, vice president of New York City–based A.F. Greenwood Co., received the American Gem ­Society’s 2014 Robert M. Shipley Award, its highest honor, at the group’s annual conclave on April 26. Parker has served as chair of the AGS lab board of managers and AGS gemological science committee. He has also been a diamond-­grading instructor at the GIA.

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