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Richline Group Names CEO

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Dave Meleski will become CEO of Richline Group as of June 15 in addition to his role as president of the organization. 

As previously announced, Dennis Ulrich is retiring as CEO of Richline.

Meleski and Betty Sou, chief financial officer, will focus on the overall management and strategy of Richline with the other senior managers. 

Meleski said, “We are optimistic about our future thanks to a key group of experienced, committed executives that will continue to advance our position as a customer-first, innovative, responsible company.” 

Richline has further announced management succession as follows: 

  • Richline Jewelry announces that Bobby Kempler will fill the newly created role of president of the Richline Jewelry division. Kempler joined Richline last year from the acquired Samuel Aaron Group, where he had spent many years as CEO. In addition, Ramona Genao-Archibald will assume the role of executive vice president for sales and merchandising of Richline Jewelry. Kempler and Genao-Archibald will team to continue the growth of the Richline Jewelry finished jewelry businesses to the retail trade. 
  • Richline announces that Michael Schwartz has been promoted to president of Inverness, Richline’s Ear Piercing and Accessories division effective Sept. 1. His experience working with many of Richline’s large customers positions him to lead and grow the business at Inverness. Schwartz will assume the role of president from Alan Kaufman, who has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31 and who will assist in the transition.

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