Trade Organisations

RJC reveals board member election results

David Bouffard, of Signet Jewelers, and Peter Karakchiev, of Alrosa, have been re-elected to the board as chair and vice chair

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has named a raft of new appointments to its board and committees at the organisation’s recent annual general meeting (AGM).

Each elected director has been appointed to represent a respective forum in the jewellery and watch supply chain.

David Bouffard, of Signet Jewelers, and Peter Karakchiev, of Alrosa, have been re-elected to the board as chair and vice chair.

Joining the body, Ayesha Hira will act as director for the diamond, coloured stones and/or precious metals producer forum, while Didier Backaert is director of the diamond and/or coloured stones traders, cutters, and polishers forum.

Giorgio Bodei and Puni Mehta have been elected as jewellery manufacturer or wholesale forum directors, with Isabelle Poly appointed to lead the jewellery retailer forum.

Finally, the precious metals traders, refiners and/or hedgers forum will now be headed by Ivana Ciabatti, while Debbie Azar and Michael Lerche elected as directors for the service industries and trade association forums respectively.

Bouffard said that the input of the new board members will be “vital, to strengthen the RJC’s position as the leading standard setting organisation” for the industry.

He added: “Together, we are helping transform the world’s jewellery supply chains to be even more responsible and sustainable. 

“In doing so, we are strengthening consumer confidence in the global jewellery industry, and underpinning its future with greater trust, so people around the world continue to hold jewellery close to their hearts for centuries to come.”

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