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Appointments: Sorrelli, David Yurman, IDE, more

October 28, 2013

New York--A new CEO at Sorrelli and Evan Yurman stepping up to chief design director at his family’s company are among the recent career moves in the jewelry industry.

Lauren Mandel has been appointed CEO of Sorrelli, a family-owned and operated jewelry company based out of Kutztown, Pa.

Mandel will oversee all aspects of managing the Sorrelli business, including production in the company-owned facility, the wholesale division that services boutiques and major retailers like Amazon and Anthropologie, and the retail division that is currently prepping to open its second branded store in Montclair, N.J.

Prior to joining Sorrelli, Mandel founded eyewear business TwoEyes. She also served as group president for Victoria & Company, working on the Napier and Nine West fashion jewelry divisions, and was the vice president of women’s accessories at Macy’s East, a division of Federated Department Stores.

Designer David Yurman has named his son, Evan Yurman, as chief design director of the David Yurman brand.

He will report to CEO Glen Senk, overseeing all of the design teams and taking part in the brand’s international expansion efforts as it focuses on its growth as an independent business.

Yurman, who joined the family company in 2004, most recently served as the design director of men’s, timepieces, fine jewelry and wedding collections.

The Gem & Lapidary Dealers Association (GLDA) has contracted Robert Bridel of Robert Bridel & Associates as the official sales representative of GLDA Las Vegas.

Bridel has served as the president of Gordon’s Jewelers Inc. and Barry’s Jewelers Inc. (now Samuels Jewelers) and was the executive director and CEO of the American Gem Society.

He began Robert Bridel & Associates in 2002, managing Prestige Promenade, a pavilion of more than 160 booths at the JCK Las Vegas show, from 2002 to 2012.

The GLDA Las Vegas show is slated for May 26 to 29 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.

Following the re-election of Shmuel Schnitzer as president of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), the organization has announced a new board and officers.

Jacob Korn is deputy and vice president; Jacob Kattan, senior vice president; Arnon Yuval, vice president; Yehezkel Blum, vice president and chairman of the finance committee; Ben Zion Shashu, vice president; Jacob Haron Shelly, vice president; Mordechai Fluk, treasurer; Meir Dalumi, chairman of the judicial committee; Yoram Dvash, honorary secretary; Shlomo Shimshowitz, honorary secretary; and Shalom Papir, member of the presidium.

Also serving on the board are Loni Grinker, Yosef Ben Zion, Amotz Raz, Emma Yanover and Muni Bachar.