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Clark McEwen was appointed marketing manager of Rio Tinto Diamonds. McEwen has worked at BHP and Gemesis.

Kassoy announced that Catherine Dunbar will be the company’s new marketing coordinator, responsible for marketing, communications, and creative initiatives.

Dror Galili was recently appointed vice president, business development, of Almod Diamonds, as well as regional director of Almod Diamonds Namibia. Almod, a DTC sightholder, owns Diamonds International, the largest jewelry retail chain in the Caribbean.

Massimo Macchi, a former executive at Bulgari, Gucci Group, and Gianfranco Ferre, has joined the board of Rosato Srlas as part of a broader plan to reinforce top-level management. Macchi will help chief executive officer Marco Rosato define new strategies.

Patrick Drummond, vice president of sales and marketing at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, was appointed to the Jewelers for Children board of directors.

Nikhil Jhaveri was announced as the new president of the Diamond Club West Coast at a recent luncheon. Jhaveri will replace David Marcus.

ImaGem announced that Suzanna Stull is its new director of international sales.

Remembered

Maurice Shire, former president of the American Gem Trade Association, died in January. Shire was a founding father of AGTA and served for many years on the board of directors and as president from 1987 to 1988. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Susan; children Monique, Franklin, and Robert and Robert’s wife, Nancy; and grandchildren Danielle, Rachael, Ilana, and Evan.

Rene Bannwart, a founding father of Corum, died recently at age 95.