JBT Appoints Interim President

May 31, 2002

JBT Appoints Interim President

The Jewelers Board of Trade, Warwick, RI, appointed Dione D. Kenyon as the organization's interim president, replacing Nathaniel Earle, who died in April.

Kenyon joins JBT with extensive experience in precious metals, credit administration and banking services to the jewelry industry. Most recently, she was managing director, consumer lending group, for FleetBoston Financial Corp., after serving for nine years as senior vice president of Fleet Precious Metals. She also served as a JBT director from 1992-1999.

"We were very fortunate indeed to obtain the services of Dione. She is well known to many people in the jewelry industry and has been highly recommended by many of our members," said Paul W. Nordt III, chairman of the JBT board of directors.

The JBT board commissioned a search committee, led by Michael J. Poissant, to find a new permanent president for the organization. The search committee members include Ralph E. Crowell, Brian D. Fleming, Michael L. Kaplan, Howard M. Kilguss, Donald LeStage, Curtis A. Ley and Anna Martin. The committe hopes to name a permanent replacement within four months.

JBT was established in 1884 and serves as a credit clearing house providing credit information and collection services to the jewelry industry and related sectors. It has branch offices in Los Angeles, CA, and New York City. JBT is sponsored and maintained by manufacturers, importers and wholesalers of jewelry and allied lines.

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