Jewelry Industry & People: November 2013


Michael Lebowitz

>> Michael Lebowitz has joined White Pine Trading as the head of its new White Pine ­Jewelry Solutions division. He was previously executive vice president at Buxbaum Jewelry Advisors.

>> Harrods chief merchant Marigay McKee will become the new president of Saks Fifth Avenue following the completion of its purchase by Hudson’s Bay Co. She will replace Ron Frasch, who will resign after the merger, as will chairman and CEO Steve Sadove. Hudson Bay chairman Richard Baker will assume those two roles. Jennifer de Winter, the current EVP, director of stores for Saks, will take on the role of EVP, chief merchandising officer.

>> Mastoloni Pearls has named Daniel Bogue its national sales manager.

>> The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) appointed Brendan Laurs editor-in-chief of The Journal of Gemmology. He is a former ­editor/technical specialist at Gems & Gemology.

Martin Crook
Frederic Cumenal

>> Tiffany & Co. has appointed Frederic ­Cumenal as its new president. Cumenal was previously ­Tiffany’s executive vice president, supervising global retail for all regions. The retailer also appointed Francesca Amfitheatrof its design director.

>> Carl K. Gumpert has appointed Loretta ­Castoro its vice president of merchandising and gemstone acquisition. Castoro previously served as chief merchandising officer for Gems TV and director of colored stone acquisitions at Tiffany & Co.

>> Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry has appointed Filecellia Sampson to serve as its new general manager. Sampson has worked as a JCK magazine intern as well as at the Women’s Jewelry Association and Goshwara.

>> San Diego–based Alor Swiss Watches appointed Marvin Scherzer senior vice president of sales of its timepiece division. Scherzer spent more than 12 years at Di Modolo International, as a cofounder and executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Janet Holian

>> Gemvara announced that interim CEO Janet Holian will be permanent head of the Boston-based custom jewelry e-tailer.


>> Richline Group will be manufacturing ­jewelry under the American Greetings brand, part of a new licensing agreement with the greeting card producer.


>> The MJSA Education Foundation, a nonprofit subsidiary of MJSA, has awarded scholarships to four students pursuing degrees related to jewelry-making and design: Melis Agabigum of Ann Arbor, Mich. (a $2,450 scholarship); William Yang of Brooklyn, N.Y. ($2,450); Carly Cook of Portland, Maine ($500); and Ryan Tosh of Valparaiso, Ind. ($500).


>> Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be the keynote speaker at the American Gem Society’s 2014 Conclave, set for April 23–26 at the historic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.

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