By Michelle Graff
Jay Jackson, left, will retire as the head of Stuller Inc. next month and will be replaced by Danny Clark, right.
Lafayette, La.--Jay Jackson, president and CEO of Stuller Inc. since 2011, will retire on Dec. 27, the company announced late Wednesday afternoon.

Jackson has been with Stuller for 17 years, starting out as vice president of sales in 1996 before being promoted to chief operating officer in January 2009 and then president and CEO in 2011. Prior to his career at Stuller, Jackson worked in the product services division of Sears for 30 years.

Stuller described Jackson as a strong leader who contributed to the growth and efficient operation of the company in countless ways.

“Jay’s vision, passion, and leadership during his 17-year career at Stuller have been invaluable,” said company founder and Chairman Matthew Stuller.

Danny Clark, Stuller’s chief merchandising, marketing and sales officer, will succeed Jackson. He joined Stuller in 2009 as chief supply chain officer and has more than 27 years of experience in operations, merchandising and change management. 

Jeff High will step into the role of chief merchandising officer. The founder and president of Davenport, Iowa-based jewelry software company Gemvision Corp., High also will continue to leverage his technology expertise in merchandising and product development.

The partnership between Gemvision and Stuller stretches back to 2009, when Stuller partnered with the Iowa technology company to launch the first version of the CounterSketch Studio custom design program. High made the move to Lafayette and joined Stuller’s executive team in 2012.

Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Lafayette, Stuller is a De Beers sightholder that provides a range of goods and services for jewelry professionals, including independent retailers. Its core product categories include diamonds, gemstones, finished jewelry, tools, findings, mountings and digital solutions.

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