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Signet, Alrosa Execs Join RJC Leadership

May 22, 2018 9:25 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has named three senior figures from the trade to positions on its board.

The new officers — appointed at the RJC’s annual general meeting in Moscow last week — include David Bouffard, vice president of corporate affairs for Signet Jewelers, who has taken on the role of chair. He has headed the RJC communications committee since 2015.

The council selected Peter Karakchiev, head of international relations at Alrosa, as its vice chair. He has been on the RJC’s board since November 2016. Jason Rubin, CEO of the Republic Metals Corporation, will be honorary secretary, responsible for supporting the chair and vice chair, as well as ensuring the smooth running of the board and executive committee.

“The appointment of three highly experienced board officers and a number of new board members will further improve the depth of expertise we can offer our members across the jewelry sector,” said Andrew Bone, the RJC’s executive director.

At the Moscow meeting, the board discussed the RJC’s future direction, methods for driving transparency in the industry, and the importance of the detection and disclosure of lab-grown diamonds.

The RJC also appointed several new members to the board to represent specific areas of expertise. They are:

Didier Backaert, Bonas & Co.
Rene Wiskemann, Allgemeine Gold- und Silberscheideanstalt  
Giorgio Bodei, Pomellato
Isabelle Poly, Piaget
Deborah Azar, Gemological Science International
Stephane Fischler, International Diamond Manufacturers Association

Image, left to right: Peter Karakchiev, Andrew Bone, Jason Rubin and David Bouffard
Tags: Allgemeine Gold- und Silberscheideanstalt, Alrosa, Andrew bone, Bonas & Co, david bouffard, Deborah Azar, Didier Backaert, Gemological Science International, Giorgio Bodei, International Diamond Manufacturers Association, Isabelle Poly, Peter Karakchiev, Piaget, Pomellato, Rapaport News, Rene Wiskemann, Republic Metals Corporation, Responsible Jewellery Council, RJC, Signet, Stephane Fischler
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