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Michael Cornell Appointed CEO of Cornell’s Jewelers

He follows his father, David Cornell in the role of CEO, marking the third generation of leadership in the 100-year-old legacy.




Michael Cornell

Michael Cornell

(PRESS RELEASE) ROCHESTER, NY — Cornell’s Jewelers, a venerable name in the world of jewelry, announces Michael Cornell as its new CEO. He follows his father, David Cornell, in the role of CEO, marking the third generation to lead this cherished family business, which was founded by Harry Cornell. David Cornell and Olivia Cornell, president of Cornell’s Jewelers, will be handing the baton to Michael Cornell as he takes the helm, carrying forward a legacy of passion, expertise and commitment.

David Cornell said: “It’s a moment of immense pride for me to pass the torch to my son, Michael. He has grown up with a deep understanding of the values and traditions that have defined Cornell’s Jewelers for a century. I have full faith that he will carry this legacy forward with the same dedication and commitment that has been the hallmark of our family business.”

Michael Cornell, speaking about his new role, expressed his gratitude and vision for the future: “I am deeply honored and excited to take on the role of CEO at Cornell’s Jewelers. My father, David, has been an exceptional leader, and I am grateful for the invaluable lessons he has imparted. Olivia’s keen eye for fashion trends and her unparalleled taste in interior design have created a stunning building filled with desirable items. I am committed to building upon the strong foundation that has been laid and to lead the company into a new era of memory making for our customers. We will continue to deliver exceptional jewelry and service that our customers have come to expect.”

David and Olivia Cornell will remain with the business as consultants through the end of the year. In keeping with the family tradition, Michael’s wife, Courtney Cornell, will be promoted to buyer for the store. Michael and Courtney Cornell represent the third generation of the business.

Cornell’s Jewelers, founded in 1923, has a rich history of providing the finest quality gemstones and exquisitely curated time pieces, bridal and fashion jewelry. The store takes great pride in the unparalleled customer service it provides. With Michael Cornell’s leadership, the company looks forward to a bright and prosperous future, embracing tradition while also exploring new horizons in the world of jewelry and customer experience.

About Cornell’s Jewelers

Cornell’s Jewelers is a third-generation retail jewelry store located in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1923 by Harry Cornell, the store specializes in bridal and designer fashion jewelry, with a particular focus on finding the best diamond for each unique customer. For 100 years, Cornell’s Jewelers has been a symbol of quality, craftsmanship, and exceptional service, helping customers celebrate life’s most precious moments with elegance and style.



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