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Diamond Empowerment Fund Names New President, Board Member

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The group’s message is that “Diamonds Do Good.”

(Press Release) NEW YORK, NY – At the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s annual board meeting held last month, Anna Martin was elected president of the D.E.F. Board of Directors. Martin is senior vice president global development and beneficiation for Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Martin follows the successful five-year term of Phyllis Bergman, outgoing board president. Bergman oversaw the growth of the Diamond Empowerment Fund to embrace a global mission of education empowerment for youth from diamond communities around the world.

She also championed the organization’s consumer messaging strategy, “Diamonds Do Good,” a focus that Martin will continue. 

“Never has there been a more important time to communicate to the next generation of diamond purchasers the positive narrative surrounding diamonds,” Martin said.

“I am confident that with the depth of talent on our board from all across the diamond pipeline, and with the support of every member of the industry, we will impress on consumers that ‘Diamonds Do Good.'”

Martin’s fellow leadership team includes Vice Presidents Ed Hrabak, retiring Signet Jewelers chief operating officer who will remain on the board in his personal capacity and Varda Shine; Secretary Yancy Weinrich, senior vice president of Reed Jewelry Group, and Treasurer Richard Slomovitz, chief financial officer of Rush Communications.

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The Diamond Empowerment Fund also welcomes to the board Stuart Lee, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of Signet Jewelers Inc.

Lee said, “I’m proud to be following in Ed’s footsteps and look forward to working with Anna and the rest of the Diamond Empowerment Fund board as we find ways to ensure the world indeed understands that ‘Diamonds Do Good.’”

The Diamond Empowerment Fund’s 2017 Diamonds Do Good Awards Gala will be held Sunday, June 4, at the Four Seasons Ballroom in Las Vegas.

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