David Yurman Executive Joins Gemvara

Boston, MA -- 11/11/13
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Susan Chandler Brings Veteran Industry Experience to Online Custom Fine Jeweler as Chief Merchandising Officer

BOSTON--Gemvara (www.gemvara.com), the leading online retailer of customizable fine jewelry, announced today the hire of luxury jewelry leader Susan Chandler as Chief Merchandising Officer.

“Gemvara is an industry changing jewelry company with a team dedicated to revolutionizing the jewelry shopping and purchasing experience”

With more than 20 years of experience working with luxury goods, fine jewelry and fashion jewelry, Susan comes to Gemvara from David Yurman where she was Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager overseeing Women’s and Men’s product assortments. In this position Susan was responsible for driving business growth, optimizing product performance and increasing profitability.

“Susan is an esteemed leader in the industry and I am thrilled to add her to our executive team,” said Gemvara CEO Janet Holian. “At Gemvara, having a great product selection across all categories is what makes us unique and we believe Susan will be instrumental in ensuring our selection is the best in the industry. We look to combine Susan’s expertise in merchandising with Gemvara’s unique value of customization to continue to strengthen our brand’s position in the fine jewelry industry.”

At Gemvara, Susan will be responsible for developing and implementing a merchandising strategy for growth. Susan will direct design, curate merchandise, and oversee the entire product assortment.

“Gemvara is an industry changing jewelry company with a team dedicated to revolutionizing the jewelry shopping and purchasing experience,” said Susan Chandler. “For more than 20 years I have been motivated by the personal relationship between a customer and the perfect piece of jewelry. Gemvara can take this relationship to a new level and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of their team.”

Prior to David Yurman, Susan was Senior Vice President, Brand Management & Merchandising at Frederick Goldman, Inc. Susan launched several independent bridal and wedding programs, re-launched mass brands, and initiated product development and innovation in the contemporary metal business, all resulting in significant revenue increases.

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