The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) has announced the appointment of Jonathan Kendall as the organisation’s executive vice president.
Tabled by Gaetano Cavalieri, president of the group, his nomination was approved by the CIBJO board of directors.
Previously serving as president of the confederation’s marketing and education commission, Kendall has also founded the group’s greenhouse gas measurement initiative, which supports companies within the industry in understanding their environmental impact.
Cavalieri said: “I am delighted that Jonathan has agreed to take us up on my offer and to continue putting his vast knowledge, set of skills and talent to the service of the gems and jewellery industry.
“He will be a trusted advisor on all issues, but in particular will play an instrumental role in plotting a course for the 21st Century, helping us develop solutions for a business environment and a marketplace that are more digital, interconnected, and socially and environmentally conscious.”
Kendall commenced his career with a series of roles at Revlon, Procter and Gamble, Elizabeth Arden, and Unilever.
He then joined the De Beers Group, serving as a senior executive at the company for 19 years until 2020.
Kendall said: “CIBJO plays a unique role in the jewellery industry, representing all the product categories across the supply, distribution and retail sectors.
“My personal goal will be to help CIBJO provide the industry with the knowledge and tools to win the hearts and minds of the next generation.”