Tom Andruskevich: “This Is a Special Industry”

On Sept. 21, Tom Andruskevich, who has led Birks & Mayors for more than 15 years as president and CEO, announced his plans to resign from the company in the spring of 2012, after a successor has been named. The busy executive recently spoke to JCK about the industry and his future plans. JCK: Where do you see your company going?Tom Andruskevich: I think our first priority at Birks & Mayors is to make sure that we become a strong, profitable company again. We are obviously interested in continuing to grow and build the Birks product brand and Birks product assortments. Down the road, we envision Birks to be an international company that will grow well outside North America. There is also a big country in the United States, and there are a lot of states we are not in.JCK: Where do you see the industry right now?TA: I feel after the last recession there was a layer of consumers who

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