Morellato & Sector USA has appointed Franco Campesato, formerly managing director for North and South America for the Binda Group, as CEO. Todd Tieche also joined the company as national sales director. He was previously with the Richemont Group.

Charles & Colvard, the sole manufacturer of moissanite, appointed Dr. Charles D. Lein, retired president and chief operating officer of Stuller, to the company’s board of directors. The company also appointed Timothy L. Krist its new chief financial officer.

TechnoMarine Group has appointed Vincent Perriard chief executive officer, effective this fall. Perriard previously was president of Concord.

Wolf Designs, a manufacturer of leather jewelry cases, technical watch rotators, and personal accessories, has hired Michelle Pak as a product designer.

Avi Paz has been reelected president of The Israel Diamond Exchange. He will serve a third and final term as head of the exchange.

J.C. Penney has appointed Pam Mortensen senior vice president and general merchandise manager of fine jewelry. Mortensen previously worked for Wal-Mart as vice president and divisional merchandise manager of its fine jewelry and watch division. She replaces Beryl Raff, who left to become CEO of Helzberg Diamonds.

Bridal jewelry manufacturer A. Jaffe has appointed Kimberly Jokic and Mellanie Mcelearney regional vice presidents. Jokic, regional vice president east, has held positions at Hearts On Fire, Porsche Design, and Gucci Group watches. Mcelearney, regional vice president west, worked for Hearts On Fire and Yurman.

Jewelry technology firm Paragon Lake recently appointed David Hill vice president of business development. Hill, who joined Paragon Lake in January 2009 as vice president of sales, will develop relationships with retail and supply chain partners.

David Peters, director of member services for Jewelers of America, was elected to the Diamond Council of America board of directors.


Jack J. Heeger, 78, of Napa, Calif., who did public relations for the California Jewelers Association and contributed to JCK and Professional Jeweler, died recently. For several years, Heeger was a member of the North American team that represented the World Watch and Jewellery Show in Basel.

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