New York, NY—The board of directors of the World Diamond Council has accepted two new directors: Ari Epstein, CEO of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), and Mark Jenkins, group company secretary of Signet Jewelers Limited.
Gathering for its first meeting in 2011, the WDC Board appointed Epstein (pictured) to the seat vacated by Freddy J. Hanard, who retired as CEO of the AWDC at the end of 2010, and appointed Jenkins to the seat vacated by Terry Burman, who will be retiring as Signet's group CEO on January 29.
"I am delighted to welcome Ari and Mark to the Board of Directors, and am confident that they will contribute significantly to the WDC's mission," said Eli Izhakoff, president of the World Diamond Council. "They have very large shoes to fill. Both Freddy and Terry were key participants, and headed organizations that have supported WDC right from the very beginning. We wish them well, just as we wish their successors the best of luck as WDC directors."
Epstein also was nominated as vice president of the World Diamond Council. He will serve in the position as did Hanard until his retirement.