By  on February 4, 2010

Two fine jewelry firms have made key executive changes.

David Klein, executive director of Leviev, and Paul Raps, chief executive officer of Lev Leviev Diamonds, will assume the responsibilities of Thierry Chaunu, Leviev’s former president and chief operating officer. Chaunu exited the firm late last month.

Chaunu was in the role since Leviev’s first store opened in 2006. Leviev has stores in London, New York, Moscow and Dubai. There are plans to open a Singapore unit this spring.

“It is always difficult to leave not only a brand that I helped launch from inception,” Chaunu said. “It is also always hard to leave a team of dedicated professionals who share the same passion for integrity and excellence.”

Meanwhile, Milanese jewelry firm Damiani has tapped Mario Emprin Gilardini to take over the responsibilities of Antonio Pavan, who exited the firm last month as president and ceo of Damiani USA Corp. Gilardini joined Damiani in late 2009 as wholesale general manager. His title is now general manager of international sales. Prior to Damiani, he had a decade-long stint at Bulgari, starting as managing director in Asia and then managing director of worldwide sales of jewelry, watches and accessories.

He will be based in Damiani’s Milan headquarters, but will make frequent trips to the U.S.

“Damiani has great exposure,” said Gilardini. “At the same time, we have to consolidate and strengthen our business and grow it in a professional way.”

In November, Damiani inked a deal with Birks & Mayors Inc. to distribute its products throughout its chain of 65 jewelry and watch stores in Florida, Georgia and Canada. According to Damiani, Birks & Mayor agreed to purchase $10.6 million worth of goods to be paid annually, starting Feb. 15. Upon termination of the deal in 2015, the retailer may return $5 million to Damiani.

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