PROMOTIONS AT ZALE Zale Corp., the largest fine jewelry retailer in the United States, has named two women to top executive posts. Beryl Raff, 47, is the new president and chief operating officer of the corporation, effective July 15. She will continue to oversee the daily operation of the corporation’s three divisions – Zales Jewelers, Gordon’s Jewelers, and Bailey Banks & Biddle. The promotion makes Raff the highest-ranking female executive of a major retail operation in the U.S. jewelry industry. Chairman Robert Di Nicola had held the post of president since former president Larry Pollock left in 1996. Sue Gove, 39, was named executive vice president and chief financial officer. She continues to over- see the treasury, tax, control, investor relations, and planning areas of the company. Raff joined Zale in 1994 as president of Zales Jewelers and was promoted to exe

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