Kareem Gahed

There is a changing of the guard at John Hardy. The luxury artisan jeweler is shifting three of its executives into new roles. Kareem Gahed, who currently serves as chief revenue officer, will assume the role of chief executive officer and current ceo Robert Hanson will transition to the role of non-executive chairman of the board. Audrey Finci, who is currently chief operating officer and chief financial officer, will take on the role of president as well as coo and cfo.

The transition will occur over the next three quarters, with Gahed assuming immediate oversight for merchandising and marketing along with his current accountabilities for commercial operations. Hanson will continue to oversee product creative, operations and finance through a transition period, after which Gahed will assume full accountability for company operations.

Hanson became ceo of the label in 2014 and under his leadership the brand has developed a strong direct-to-consumer retail and e-commerce business, while improving overall global operations including its boutiques and wholesale partnerships.

John Hardy’s Robert Hanson.  Courtesy

“John Hardy has been executing a transformation plan focused on elevating our authentic, sustainable, handcrafted, Bali-originated contemporary luxury jewelry brand, and we have emerged as a distinctive, global, omnichannel jeweler driving double-digit revenue and earnings growth,” Hanson said of his time as ceo. “I am proud of all that we have accomplished together in the last five years, and I look forward to working closely with Kareem and Audrey in my new role to build on this foundation to continue delivering extraordinary products and service to our customers, while driving long-term growth for John Hardy.”

“It is an honor to become the next ceo of John Hardy, and I am excited for the opportunity to continue to work closely with Robert, Audrey and the entire board and management team as we continue to build momentum,” said Gahed, who has been with the brand for three years coming from a senior executive role at American Eagle Outfitters. “We have significant opportunities ahead to continue to grow our business, and I am confident that we will further elevate our unique and meaningful brand and have a lasting impact on our customers, artisans and communities globally.”

Finci, who has extensive operational, financial and business transformation experience at leading global apparel, retail and consumer goods companies will continue to partner closely with Hanson and Gahed on the further transformation of John Hardy’s business.

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