Signet announces retirement of two industry veterans

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Signet Jewelers has announced the retirement of its executive vice president/ chief merchandising officer and the senior vice president of Signet Direct Diamond Sourcing.

In careers spanning decades, Stuart Lee and Clark McEwen have played important roles in developing Signet and creating consumer confidence in the products it sells.

“Over the past many years, Stuart and Clark have been shining examples of the type of team

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members that have helped Signet to become the great business it is today,” says Signet chief executive officer Mark Light. “It is with mixed emotions that I announce the retirement of these two remarkable individuals who have been instrumental to our Company’s growth and success.”

Executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Stuart Lee, began his career at Signet as a director of gold in the merchandising department in 1996. Lee later went on to become the director of Jared Merchandising & Corporate Watches,

helping grow the brand by introducing new jewellery lines such as LeVian, which became one of the largest volume brands within Signet stores, and the Leo branded diamond. Shortly after his was promoted to vice president of corporate merchandising.

In April 2012, Lee was promoted to senior vice president of merchandising & general manager. In July of 2015, he became executive vice president of merchandising.

After spending 32 years in the diamond industry, McEwen began his career with Signet in 2011. He is considered one of the world’s preeminent experts in the global diamond supply chain.

Prior to joining Signet, McEwen served as global marketing manager for Rio Tinto Diamonds; chief operating officer and vice president of marketing for The Gemesis Corporation; manager of CanadaMark for BHP Billiton; managing director at Triton Trading BVBA;

vice president of purchasing at TDS Ltd; and diamond controller and director of thr loose diamond division at Spence Diamonds Ltd.

While at Signet, McEwen was focused on both strategic development and operational execution of the company’s pursuit of establishing an efficient and profitable diamond supply chain with regard to the rough procurement and the manufacturing and distribution of polished diamonds.

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