Jewelry Industry & People: November 2014


>>?Anders Colding Friis, CEO of Scandinavian Tobacco Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of cigars and pipe tobacco, has been named the new CEO of charm manufacturer Pandora. He will succeed current CEO and deputy chairman-elect Allan Leighton in March 2015.

>>?Fyodor Andreev, president of Russian diamond miner Alrosa for the past five years, is stepping down for medical reasons. First vice president Ilya ­Ryashchin will be acting president.

>>?Meeling Wong is Georg Jensen’s new president of North American operations and director of ­jewelry. Wong has been national sales manager at David Yurman and president of John Hardy.>>?Italian jeweler Buccellati has appointed Gianluca Brozzetti as its new CEO. He replaces Thierry Andretta, who will become vice president of the group, focused on developing the brand in international markets.

>>?GIA appointed Katherine Palmer Andrews vice president of ethics and compliance, a new position. She previously oversaw compliance at General Electric Co. and Thomson Reuters.

>>?The Natural Color Diamond Association elected new officers and a new board: Jordan Fine (JFine Inc.) will be group president; Alan ­Bronstein (Aurora Gems) and ­Breanne ­Wittrock (Gunderson’s) will be vice presidents; and Jeffrey Post (Gem Platinum) will be secretary-treasurer.

>>?Tiffany & Co. has named Jill Beraud executive vice president of global retail operations. She has been CEO of beauty company Living Proof since 2011.

>>?Designer Kimberly McDonald has hired Abby Huhtanen as president of her company. Huhtanen was senior buyer at Bergdorf Goodman.

>>?Tory Burch LLC has named Roger Farah co-CEO (he’ll share the title with founder Tory Burch). Farah spent 14 years at Ralph Lauren as president and chief operating officer.

Nancy Robey

>>?Nancy Robey, founder and owner of the Nancy Robey Partnership and a 30-year industry veteran, has been appointed to serve as Jewelers unBLOCKed’s brand ambassador.

Ruben Luna

>>?Frederick Goldman has named Robin Scheer Ettinger chief marketing officer, and Ruben Luna senior vice president of merchandising. 


>>?The Diamond Empowerment Fund will honor actress Jane Seymour and industry group Jewelers for Children at its GOOD Awards in January.


>>?Arthur J. Cohen, former president of Pulsar Time, died at his Charlottesville, Va., home on Sept. 3 at age 90.

>>?Robert E. Green, former president of Lux Bond & Green as well as the Jewelers Vigilance Committee and Jewelers of America, died Sept. 6 ­following a brief illness. He was 90.


>>?Rio Tinto has donated 500 carats of rough diamonds from its Argyle mine to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


>>?Industry leaders have established the World Diamond and ­Jewellery Forum, a think tank to examine pressing problems in the diamond and ­jewelry business. It will operate under the ­auspices of Italian trade show ­organizer Fiera di Vicenza.

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