CIRCA Adds Proven Leaders to Executive Team
NEW YORK -- February 6, 2013
CIRCA, the leading international buyer of fine jewelry, diamonds and watches,
today announced the appointment of Mary Forte as Acting Chief Executive
Officer and the promotion of Jayne Conway from Chief Administrative Officer
and Chief Financial Officer to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial
Officer, bringing together a proven management team to lead CIRCA's global
Mary Forte brings more than twenty years of relevant industry experience to
her role, having previously served as President & CEO and Director of Zale
Corporation from 2002 - 2006. While at Zale, Forte oversaw the day-to-day
operations of the company's many divisions including Zales Jewelers, Gordon's
Jewelers, Bailey Banks and Biddle, Piercing Pagoda, Peoples Jewelers, Mappins
Jewelers and Zales Outlet. Prior to Zale Corporation, Forte held leadership
positions with QVC and the Federated Department Stores. Forte has served on
the boards of numerous organizations including Jewelers of America, Jewelers
Security Alliance, Jeweler's Vigilance Committee, The Make-A-Wish Foundation
and the National Retail Federation.
In her role as CIRCA's Acting CEO, Forte will oversee the expansion of the
company's private buying offices along with the retail, solutions and casino
“CIRCA is an incredible company with unlimited opportunity,” Forte said. “I am
thrilled to lead CIRCA's amazingly talented team through our next phase of
Joining CIRCA in April 2012, Jayne Conway brings over two decades of
strategic, financial and operational leadership to the company, having served
in several key executive positions at Dunkin' Brands including Chief Strategy
Officer, and more recently at the post of Chief Financial Officer at Gulf Oil
and Planet Fitness. During her tenure as the Chief Strategy Officer at Dunkin'
Brands, Conway ultimately led the divestiture of the company to a consortium
of private equity investors. While at Gulf Oil, she spearheaded the
restructuring of its corporate infrastructure in preparation for scale
national expansion. Conway started her career as an International Project
Developer for General Electric, and is also a Bain & Company alumna. She holds
a B.S. in Engineering from North Carolina State University, and an MBA from
the Harvard Business School.
As CIRCA's Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Conway will
oversee CIRCA's strategic growth plan and operations worldwide.
“I’ve always liked non-traditional business models, and CIRCA is certainly
that,” Conway said.“A powerful, service-oriented brand uniquely positioned
between the vast space of the fragmented world of ‘cash for gold’ and the
large auction houses, the growth opportunity is simply boundless.”
Further strengthening the executive team is the addition of Ilene Allen,
Senior Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining CIRCA, Ilene came from an
international multi-business background. Most recently, Ilene served as
Director of Human Resources at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, where she oversaw
domestic and international human resources functions for 1,700 employees.
Speaking on behalf of CIRCA's Board of Directors, Co-Founder and Vice
President Jeffrey Singer added: "We are fortunate to have assembled such an
impressive group of executives. Their combined track records and leadership
abilities further strengthen CIRCA's position as the leading international
jewelry buying firm and pave the way for continued international expansion."
Established in 2001, CIRCA is the leading international buyer of fine jewelry,
diamonds and watches, with more than 100 associates and 10 offices worldwide
including New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Geneva, Barcelona and Hong Kong.
CIRCA has redefined the experience of selling one’s jewelry with its renowned
expertise, discreet service, best value and immediate payment. CIRCA’s
Authorized Purchasing Agent Program extends the company’s buying services to
an invite-only network of established regional jewelry retailers through
buying events and a mail-in program. CIRCA Solutions provides manufacturers,
distributors and retailers specializing in luxury jewelry and watches with
inventory solutions, while CIRCA Casino offers specialized buying events and
unique VIP incentive programs for premier casinos. For more information,
please visit http://www.circajewels.com or call 877-876-5493.
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Nicole Janok, 212-829-0002, ext. 122
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