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Appointments: Tiffany’s general counsel retires

April 14, 2014

New York--Patrick Dorsey, who has been the general counsel and secretary at Tiffany & Co. for the past 29 years, is retiring. His last day will be May 22.

The news about Dorsey closely follows the retirement announcement of James Fernandez, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Tiffany. The company will eliminate the position of COO when Fernandez steps down in July.

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Replacing Dorsey will be Leigh Harlan, who, in addition to assuming the role of general counsel and secretary, will be senior vice president. She will responsible for the company’s global legal affairs.

Harlan most recently worked at New York City-based law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where she practiced corporate, transactional and finance law.

Varda Shine, the former head of sightholder sales at De Beers, has been made an honorary member of the London Diamond Bourse in recognition of her work as one of the major powerbrokers in the international jewelry trade.

Shine joined De Beers in 1984 and by 2006 was the executive vice president of global sightholder sales.

She was the first woman awarded an honorary lifetime membership at the Israel Diamond Exchange also received the Women’s Jewelry Association’s Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Shine also is a governing board member of the Diamond Empowerment Fund.

Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo is now the global branding agency for Citizen Watch Co. and will help increase the value of the brand, Citizen said.

Widen+Kennedy has worked with Nike, Delta, Sony, Ben & Jerry’s and Levis, among other brands.

Ashley Bryan has been appointed chief marketing officer of fine jewelry brand Ippolita, effective April 28.

She comes to the company from online boutique Moda Operandi, where she had been the CMO since 2011. Prior to that, she was the head of U.S. marketing and sales at Net-a-Porter.

Bryan’s appointment is part of Ippolita’s current marketing strategy, which focuses on e-commerce.

Public relations company GCK Partners is now representing McTeigue & McClelland, a fine jewelry brand based out of Great Barrington, Mass.