NEW YORK — Former David Yurman executive David Minster has joined the bridal jewelry label Scott Kay Inc. as chief executive officer and a member of the board of advisers.
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The company’s namesake and founder will continue to serve as chairman and chief designer. With Minster on board, Kay will be able to focus on design, as well as pursue his other passions, such as writing, public speaking and industry teaching. Credited as the pioneer of the designer bridal jewelry category, and an innovator in men’s and ladies’ fine fashion jewelry, Kay has been creating his designs for 30-plus years.
Minster brings more than 25 years of experience in the luxury and consumer goods businesses. Kay said, “I have spent more than a decade looking for a business partner to run the company on a day-to-day basis to enable me to focus on the art and design of our products. A founding entrepreneur can only wear so many hats before he reaches a certain level. With David on board, we will be able to far exceed the vision I have for the brand.”
Minster, 51, spent more than 12 years at fashion jeweler David Yurman, handling operations and technology during many years of double-digit percentage growth. In that capacity, he oversaw initiatives that Kay is interested in building on, especially direct-to-consumer and global operations in the company’s supply chain and retail.
Former David Yurman ceo Paul Blum, now ceo of Juicy Couture, said, “From my work with David, I suspect he will look very carefully at building out the Scott Kay infrastructure for growth. With David’s rare combination of supply chain, technology, retail, online and corporate restructuring experience, I’m sure he will be very successful in his new role.”
Minster said, “You’re dealing with a matrix of omnichannel opportunities, geographic opportunities, a myriad of new category possibilities. We’ll be able to dramatically impact performance and growth by focusing on key initiatives, building great teams to execute them, and by allowing Scott to focus on the tremendous body of unpublished designs in his studio.”