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GIA Executive to Head Diamond Empowerment Fund

Feb 23, 2017 4:15 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has named Anna Martin as its new president, succeeding Phyllis Bergman, who is departing after a five-year term.

Martin (pictured), who is senior vice president for global development and beneficiation at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), was elected to the position at the DEF’s annual board meeting in January, the organization said in a recent statement.

The DEF added that its co-vice president Ed Hrabak, the retiring chief operating officer of Signet Jewelers, would remain on the board in a personal capacity. The leadership team also includes fellow vice president Varda Shine, who was formerly the head of global sightholder sales for De Beers; Reed Jewelry Group senior vice president Yancy Weinrich, who serves as secretary; and treasurer Richard Slomovitz, who is also chief financial officer of Rush Communications.

Founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Russell Simmons and De Beers, the DEF supports initiatives to help people in countries with significant economic dependence on the diamond trade.
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