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Jewelers Mutual Group CIO Named to 2024 Constellation Research Business Transformation 150

John Kreul recognized for his exceptional leadership in driving the company’s digital future.




John Kreul

John Kreul

(PRESS RELEASE) NEENAH, WI — Jewelers Mutual Group, the insurance and business solutions provider dedicated to the jewelry industry since 1913, announced its Chief Information Officer, John Kreul, has been recognized by Constellation Research on its 2024 Business Transformation 150, an elite list of executives leading business transformation efforts around the globe.

Since assuming the role of CIO in November of 2021, John Kreul has been working to set the vision for Jewelers Mutual’s future by embracing technology-led innovations that enhance the customer experience. With over 30 years of expertise in the technology space, he champions a progressive company culture that fosters curiosity to reimagine how to meet and exceed customers’ evolving needs. Kreul’s digital mindset has propelled the company forward with continued investments in technology that empower jewelers, simplify operations, strengthen relationships and improve the overall customer journey. As a change agent who is driving digital solutions and industry-wide progress, Kreul is helping position Jewelers Mutual as an innovation leader.

“I am immensely grateful to be recognized for my role in steering our company’s digital future. This recognition truly reflects the hard work and collective dedication of our talented team,” said Kreul. “Together, we will continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible and shape a transformative digital landscape for our organization.”

The power of generative artificial intelligence has driven sweeping changes across industries in a remarkably short timeframe. Digital leaders have been at the forefront, leveraging these technologies to accelerate progress and enhance their impact. As a result, many have assumed expanded roles and taken their place among the executive leadership team, with some even rising to the position of CEO within the past year. Notably, this year’s BT150 nomination process highlights the increasing importance of digital leaders who prioritize stakeholder and shareholder interests, embodying the principles they champion.

“In the year of extreme efficiency, these organizations and their leaders have balanced the need for business transformation and optimization,” noted R “Ray” Wang, founder and CEO at Constellation Research. “The BT150 are the most resilient, skilled, and successful leaders in leading large-scale change. We’re excited to see a diversity of industries, projects, and roles in this year’s winners.”


“The BT150 this year reflects the momentous trends in the market, from the challenges of navigating economic turmoil to the surge in interest in artificial intelligence,” said Dion Hinchcliffe, VP and principal analyst at Constellation Research. “These digital leaders are stand-out exemplars of innovation, an effective digital mindset, and the ability to guide organizations through uncertain times.”

Nominations from peers, industry influencers, technology vendors and analysts powered the six-month selection process. Each executive on the list demonstrates an understanding of how the business environment is transforming in response to digital and exponential technologies, and these leaders are actively preparing their companies to excel during and after the transformation.

The full listing can be found here.



When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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