JCK's Rob Bates conducted an in-depth and personal interview with Cecilia Gardner, who recently stepped down after 18 years as president and CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to compliance with laws pertaining to the jewelry industry.
The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), a committee dedicated to educating and regulating the ethics and integrity of the jewelry industry, has appointed Tiffany Stevens as its new president and CEO, reports JCK. She succeeds Cecilia Gardner, who held this post for 18 years, was general counsel of the World Diamond Council for 15 years and was involved in the Kimberley Process from the time of its inception in 2000.
The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has appointed Miya Owens as its Assistant Counsel, replacing Sara Yood who was recently promoted to be the JVC's Senior Counsel. Owens has extensive experience in anti-money laundering and regulatory compliance counseling as well as a mediator. Owen will support the work of JVC legal department. She will primarily be engaged in mediation work, to assist resolving the nearly 300 cases JVC undertakes each year. She will also perform legal research and answer member questions relating to their compliance obligations.
Cecilia Gardner, who has headed the Jewelers Vigilance Committee for the past 18 years, will step down as president and CEO at the beginning of 2017, though she will likely continue to serve in a different role, JCK reports. She also serves as the body's general counsel, but it is not clear if she will continue in that role. Gardner told JCK that she wants to remain in the organization and the industry, but her new role is still being discussed.
The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has redesigned its web site, saying the re-design allows for more intuitive searches in all areas, as well as simplified product buying and program registration. “JVC’s mission is to promote ethics and integrity in our industry by ensuring legal compliance,” said president and CEO Cecilia Gardner. “The most effective way to do that is to provide information and education to the trade.