Jewelry Industry & People: March 2014


Maren Rosen

>>?Stuller Inc. has promoted Maren Rosen to vice president, bridal and jewelry. She previously served as executive director, bridal and jewelry. 

>>?Frances Diniz joined Mastoloni as West Coast sales associate. She has worked in wholesale management for Montblanc and Cartier and helped bring Wellendorff to the U.S. market.

>>?Francesco Trapani, former president of Bulgari, is stepping down as head of LVMH’s Watches and Jewelry division to serve as adviser to group chairman Bernard Arnault. The division’s jewelry companies (Bulgari, Chaumet, Fred, and De Beers) will report to managing director Antonio Belloni. Jean-Claude Biver, president of Hublot, will take responsibility for watch brands TAG Heuer and Zenith.

>>?Gail Kenny has rejoined A. Jaffe as sales director for the Midwest. She has also worked for Scott Kay, Penny ­Preville, TAG Heuer, and Bulgari.

>>?Firestar Diamond has appointed Herschel Hiat senior vice president of sales. Hiat was most recently executive vice president at Bulova.

>>?Matt Marcus joined e-tailer Gemvara as chief marketing officer. Prior to Gemvara, he designed and established Gucci’s global online presence as worldwide director of eDivision

?Andrea Hansen

>>?Andrea Hansen of Luxe­Intelligence was elected president of the Women’s Jewelry Association, succeeding Tryna Kochanek of Sterling Jewelers. Brandee ­Dallow of Julius Klein Group was voted president-elect. Kristie Nicolosi of the Kingswood Co. continues as treasurer.

>>?Susan O’Connor has been named executive vice president of sales and marketing at Slane. She was previously VP of national sales at Ippolita and VP of sales at Roberto Coin.  


>>?At its annual luncheon Jan. 10, the Jewelers’ Security Alliance honored LAPD detective Carol Mosher and FBI special agent Frank Aimaro for their work in stopping jewelry crime gangs with its James B. White Award to Law Enforcement. Kevin Valentine, vice president, internal audit and risk management for Sterling Jewelers, and Mark Neapolitan, director of loss prevention for Sterling, both received JSA’s Industry Service Award.

>>?Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley declared Jan. 8 Fred Weber Day, after the jeweler who retired after 60 years in the business. His store now is owned by daughter Stephanie Weber.


>>?David Yurman is opening its first boutique in the Minneapolis area at the Galleria Edina in spring 2014.

>>?Seal Beach, Calif.–based Luxury Brand Group is opening a new showroom in West Hollywood.


Raymond Weil

>>?Raymond Weil, watch marketing pioneer and founder of the eponymous timepiece brand, died Jan. 26 at age 87.

>>?Former GIA vice president Bert Krashes died at age 89.

>>?C. Kirk Root, an accomplished appraiser and founder of Austin, Texas–based C. Kirk Root Design died Jan. 8 of cancer. He was 52.

>>?Charles Yater, 94, founder of C.M. Yater & Sons Fine ­Jewelry Manufacturing in Dallas, died Jan. 11.


>>?Groupon bought flash site Ideeli for $43 million. The 6-million-member site, which sells fashion and accessories, will operate as a separate site.

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