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Appointments: Former Lieberfarb CEO starts own firm

November 07, 2013

New York--Ann Arnold has resigned from her position as CEO of bridal jewelry company Lieberfarb to start the Arnold Advisory Group (AAG), a consultancy business.

AAG will aid clients in increasing their efficiency through financial modeling and analysis, time management and organizational strategies, and best business practices.

In addition to leading AAG, Arnold is the chief financial officer of H. Arnold Wood Turning Inc., a supplier of wood products. She is the former president of the Women’s Jewelry Association’s national board of directors and currently is the organization’s vice president of leadership development.

She also is the vice chair of MJSA, sits on the board of the Jewelers Board of Trade and is the treasurer of the 24 Karat Club of New York.


Brenda Berger is the new CEO at Trollbeads U.S., Inc., reporting directly to the brand’s global headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, effective Jan. 1.

Since 2004, Berger has served as vice president of sales and marketing for Hanky Panky, a fashion and intimate apparel wholesaler, where she managed sales, customer service, marketing and e-commerce.

Until her position becomes effective, Trollbeads CEO Jan Stig Andersen will act as interim CEO.


Bloomingdale’s has named Tony Spring as its new chairman and CEO, effective Feb. 1. He succeeds Michael Gould.

Spring first began his career with the retailer in 1987 as an executive trainee, going on to serve as senior vice president of home furnishings, executive vice president of marketing and senior executive vice president of marketing for Bloomingdale’s Direct and its restaurants. In 2008, Spring was appointed president and COO, a position he has held ever since.

Bloomingdale’s is expected to name Spring’s successor in 2014.


Susan Chandler
has been appointed chief merchandising officer at e-tailer Gemvara, where she will be responsible for developing and implementing a merchandising strategy for growth. She also will direct design, curate merchandise and oversee the entire product assortment.

Chandler comes to the company from David Yurman, where she served as senior vice president and general merchandise manager, overseeing women’s and men’s product assortments and also driving business growth, optimizing product performance and increasing profitability.


Kendra Bridelle
is now the director of sales and marketing at Swiss jewelry house Gilbert Albert, and her jewelry lines will be carried in the brand’s boutiques worldwide.

Gilbert Albert will carry two of Bridelle’s lines, her eponymous collection, the price points of which range from $100 to $1,000, and her brand Lusciouss, which includes sterling silver and stainless steel jewelry. Bridelle’s collections also are available on HSN.


U.S. Antique Shows has appointed Katrina Canady to sales director, where she will review and approve applications to exhibit, make booth assignments for five of the company’s nine shows and lead all new dealer transactions, change requests and dealer programs.

Canady joined U.S. Antique Shows in 2008 as an assistant fair director. By 2009 she was securing new dealers, handling sales and booth renewals and managed show directory advertising, eventually climbing to the position of sales manager.


The American Watch Association (AWA) has elected David Perlman, the general counsel of Citizen Watch Company of America, as chairman of its board of directors.

Also elected were Timothy Michno of Movado Group, first vice president; Mark Goldberg of Rolex Watch U.S.A., second vice president; Michael Benavente of Gucci Group, treasurer; and Michael Kaplan of Rocket Redbox, secretary.

Elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors were Neal Gordon of Swatch, David Johnson of Casio, Marc Hruschka of Chopard, Steven Kaiser of Kaiser Time, Denis Jaquenoud of Richemont and Gregory Thumm of Bulova.