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Market Developments

Appointments: Arnold’s new role, bourse elections

May 28, 2014

New York--The former CEO of bridal jewelry company Lieberfarb is now working as an executive at Buyers Intelligence Group, the merchandising consulting firm started in 2000 by Abe Sherman.

Ann Arnold has been named chief strategy officer at Buyers Intelligence Group, or BIG, where she will focus on integrating the company’s industry products and will be a facilitator for the Plexus Performance Groups.

In addition to leading Lieberfarb until she left late last year, Arnold is the former president of the National Board of Directors of the Women’s Jewelry Association and currently is the organization’s scholarship board president. She is vice chair of MJSA and sits on the executive board of the Jewelers Board of Trade.

She also is the treasurer of the 24 Karat Club of New York.

The Diamond Bourse of Canada has elected officers to its board of directors to serve two-year terms.

The executive committee was unchanged with the exception of David Gavin, who is now also serving as treasurer in addition to being re-elected president. Allen Shechtman was re-elected as vice president and Jeffrey Brenner as secretary.

Also elected to the board of directors were Greg Jacobson, Samuel Chmielash, Sampat Poddar and past president Bhushan Vora.

Alan Dowler has been appointed to director of client services and service operations at Hamilton Jewelers, which has locations in New Jersey and Florida.

In his new role, Dowler will take over all aspects of the Hamilton after-sales service division, which is responsible for repair and service operations for the company’s retail and to-the-trade businesses, handling more than 20,000 service interventions and repairs per year.

Dowler joined Hamilton Jewelers in 1999 and was promoted to service manager in the company’s Princeton location, later assuming the role of companywide operations manager.

Jean-Marc Bellaiche is now senior vice president of strategy and business development at Tiffany & Co., a newly created role that he will assume June 2.

He will be responsible for new and existing business initiatives outside of jewelry, including watches, leather goods, eyewear and fragrance.

Bellaiche currently is the senior partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group.

Nancy Robey, founder and owner of the Nancy Robey Partnership Inc., has expanded her services to offer specialized business referral services for U.S. representatives of high-end international fine jewelry designer brands who are looking to connect with sales, marketing and other business professionals.

The expanded services encompass a three-stage process designed to pair international clients with U.S. representatives best suited to support each brands’ needs in sales, distribution and marketing, including public relations, celebrity placement and showroom presence.