Jewelry Industry & People: May 2014


James N. Fernandez

>>?James N. Fernandez, a 30-year Tiffany & Co. veteran who currently serves as both chief operating officer and chief financial officer, will retire in July. Ralph Nicoletti will replace him, and fill the roles of executive vice president and CFO. Nicoletti joins the company from insurer CIGNA, where he also served as executive vice president and CFO.

>>?Charles D. “Chuck” Lein has told Charles & Colvard he is retiring and will not run for reelection to the company’s board, the moissanite manufacturer announced. He will ­continue to serve on the board until this month.

Vince Marchetta

>>?Akron, Ohio–based Sterling Jewelers has promoted both Vince Marchetta and David Jacobsen to the positions of vice president of real estate. Marchetta will be responsible for Sterling’s real estate port­folio for the western portion of the U.S., and Jacobsen will oversee Sterling’s real estate portfolio for the eastern United States. Sterling’s parent company, Signet Jewelers, also appointed Denise Shaffer to the newly created role of treasurer. She currently serves as vice president of corporate treasury and strategic financial planning.

>>?Arezzo Fiere e Congressi, which owns OroArezzo and ­several other Italian ­jewelry fairs, has named Andrea Boldi its new president.

>>?Neenah, Wis.–based ­Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. has named director of agency operations Michael “Cal” Calabresa director of business development, personal lines. Trina Woldt will fill the new position of chief marketing officer in the company’s personal lines division. Before joining Jewelers Mutual, Woldt served as director of marketing and development at the Paine Art Center and ­Gardens in Oshkosh, Wis.

>>?Dabakarov has hired F. Mark Funk as its first vice president of sales. Funk has hired salespeople for the brand, including Sidney Blase for the Southeast; Henry Schilt for the Mid-Atlantic; Michael Cagliostro for New England; and Bill Gruttemeyer for the West Coast. The Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana region will be repped by Jay Lipinsky and Jeff Glassman.

>>?Patrick B. Dorsey, general counsel and secretary for Tiffany & Co. for the past 29 years, is retiring on May 22. Leigh M. Harlan will be promoted to senior VP, ­secretary, and general counsel, with responsibility for the company’s worldwide legal affairs.

>>?JudeFrances Jewelry has brought back Barbara Laird, its former vice president of sales, to serve as president.

Marcello Bottoli

>>?Marcello Bottoli, the chairman of Pandora who briefly served as interim CEO, has resigned due to other professional commitments, the company said.


>>?The American Gem Society Laboratories is opening its first-ever New York City Diamond District take-in window.


>>?Morrisville, N.C.–based moissanite maker Charles & Colvard inked a new deal with ­Frances Gadbois, the designer behind JudeFrances Jewelry. Under the new arrangement, Gadbois will design fashion jewelry with moissanite for Lulu Avenue.

>>?The board of directors at Sears Holdings Corp. has officially approved the separation of its Lands’ End brand.


>>?The Ethisphere Institute has named the Gemological Institute of America as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company.