The Jewelers Board of Trade president, Dione Kenyon, has announced her plans to retire from JBT, with a timeframe dependent on transitioning her replacement in 2016.
By the time of retirement Kenyon will have completed 14 years as JBT president, 25 years of service to JBT, beginning as a board director in 1991; and 40 years of leadership positions in credit, finance and marketing primarily in the diamond and jewellery industry.
Kenyon has also served on industry boards, including WJA, GIA, JVC, the 24 Karat Club of New York, and as the first woman president of the Boston Jewelers Club.
Kenyon comments: “It has been a privilege to lead JBT these past 14 years. I am fortunate and thankful to have worked with and learned from such talented colleagues over this time, including a highly dedicated staff, a strong and supportive board, our membership, and fellow industry leaders.
“JBT has completed its most recent strategic plan; one that has extended JBT’s mission deeper into providing not only the credit information and services the industry needs, but mining, and analysing our industry data to members in a broader way, to add value and deliver insight for making good business decisions in a changing world. The timing seems right to make the transition to new leadership that can build on this vision and continue the important work that JBT has been engaged in for over 130 years. I remain highly committed to the mission and success of JBT, and pledge my support to ensure a smooth transition to my successor.”
Richard Weisenfeld, chairman of the JBT board adds: “We thank Dione for her contributions to JBT and to our industry for the majority of her career. Her passion and vision are evidenced in the strength of the organization she and the JBT staff have built, the depth and quality of services provided, and the reputation JBT has gained as a critical information source for tracking key industry metrics, as well as for specific credit data on over 30,000 companies.
“In her time at JBT she has moved the Association to a 24×7 on-line information platform, completely modernised our credit reporting and rating systems, rolled out a mobile version of JBT’s renowned Red Book, and more fully leveraged JBT’s data to provide more robust statistics, state of the industry/trend reporting, custom research, and outreach. We wish Dione and family all the best as she moves on to the next chapter in her life.”
The JBT board has appointed search and transition committees to guide the organisation through this leadership transition.