Mariah Chase has been named president of Kara Ross, the New York-based jewelry and accessories firm.
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Most recently, Chase was with Designers Management Agency, where she was responsible for licensing, strategic marketing and business development for clients including Christian Siriano, Tucker, Pamela Love, Frette and QVC. Earlier, she worked in marketing and communications for brands such as Jimmy Choo, Roger Vivier and David Yurman.
As Kara Ross’ first president, Chase will be responsible for strategic growth, sales and marketing and business development across the firm’s multiple business segments including fine and costume jewelry as well as handbags.
Chase reports to Kara Ross, who founded the company in 2006. “Kara Ross is prolific as a creative talent in each category: fine and boutique jewelry as well as handbags,” said Chase. “[The brand] has an opportunity for growth in North America and internationally. In light of the global consumer’s new perspective on luxury and consumption, we will highlight the creativity, distinctiveness and long-term value of Kara’s work.”
Ross said she will now spend more time on the creative aspects of the business, as well as the vision for the brand including new product categories and creative alliances.