Jewelry Industry & People: October 2014


Anna Martin

>>?Anna Martin, who oversaw diamond and jewelry lending at both Standard Chartered Bank and ABN AMRO, has joined GIA as senior vice president of global development. She will oversee GIA’s beneficiation efforts and scout out new business opportunities.

>>?Martin Hochbaum, who served as managing director of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York for 17 years, retired on July 31. David Lasher, who formerly was director of marketing and development for the DDC, now serves as managing director.

>>?Bulova Corp. has appointed Mary Beth Trypus executive vice president. She was previously senior vice president of sales and planning for the handbag division of the Jones Group Inc.

>>?Jewelers of America has appointed Karen Goracke of Borsheims Fine Jewelry and ­Mercedes Abramo of Cartier North America to its board of directors.

>>?Pearl manufacturer Mastoloni has named Chuck Zopfi sales associate for Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, and western Kansas.

Kathryn Bufano

>>?Bon-Ton Stores has appointed Kathryn Bufano, formerly president and chief merchandising officer of Belk Inc., as its new president and CEO. She replaces current CEO Brendan L. Hoffman, who decided not to renew his three-year employee agreement.

>>?Diamond and gemstone jewelry wholesaler Color Merchants has added Rick Morris to its sales team. He will represent the southeast United States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

>>?Target has appointed its first outsider as CEO: Brian Cornell, former CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods. Cornell, who also served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, will be company chairman as well.

Bernadette McGovern Mack

>>?Bernadette McGovern Mack has been named executive director of the Women’s Jewelry Association. Mack has been the organization’s administrative coordinator for the past two years.


>>?Jewelry manufacturer Fuzion Creations has acquired designer Nina International. Fuzion CEO Maney Douek will head the new company. Nina CEO Moses Maya will serve as vice president of product development and e-commerce solutions.


>>?E-tailer BaubleBar has raised $10 million in a new round of financing led by Burch Creative Capital.


>>?Blue Nile will debut an ­Arabic-language version of its site for its customers in the United Arab Emirates.


>>?The American Gem Society Laboratories will open a take-in window at the Brink’s office in Los Angeles.


>>?Condé Nast has sold Women’s Wear Daily, as well as fellow Fairchild Fashion Media titles such as M, to Penske Media.