By Michelle Graff
New York--Patrick Bennett, Jalpa Pandit and Joe Perillo are the new hires at Riva Precision Manufacturing, assuming roles in the company’s marketing, operations and product development departments.

From left: Riva Precision Manufacturing’s new hires Joe Perillo, Jalpa Pandit and Patrick BennettThe New York-based company, which has been operating out of a 37,000 square-foot space in the Brooklyn Army Terminal since 2013, said its “ever-increasing” growth called for the three new appointments.

Bennett now is the chief marketing officer for Riva, where he will define growth opportunities and activate a brand vision for the company with a focus on expanding its “Made in America” promotion.

A GIA graduate gemologist, he previously served as vice president of operations at Riva and has 22 total years of experience in the fine jewelry industry, as president of Regina Andrew Design, a vice president at David Yurman and with Jewel America. 

Another former David Yurman employee, Pandit has been appointed director of product development at Riva, with the company noting that her experience with international facilitation of product in European and Asian factories, as well as her GIA graduate gemologist diploma and jewelry design certificate, will help her lead her team.

Pandit managed sourcing and product development during her five-year tenure with David Yurman.

Leading all manufacturing operations will be Perillo in the newly created role of chief operations officer. Prior to joining Riva, he was the senior director of supply chain operations at PTR Baler & Compactor, holding several senior operations and supply chain management positions during his 25-year career there.

Perillo’s overall experience ranges from aviation technical operations in the U.S. Marine Corps and Continental Airlines to automotive parts manufacturing with Cardone Industries. 

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