Symposium will close with Futurescape Forum – a landmark event that will change how you think about the industry’s trajectory. An interactive dialogue moderated by David Ager of Harvard Business School, industry leaders will deliberate their unfiltered predictions on the horizon for the gem and jewelry industry.
Bruce Cleaver is chief executive officer of the De Beers Group. During his 13-year career at De Beers, Cleaver has played a central role in shaping the direction of the business, including the development of corporate strategy, leading De Beers’ sales agreement negotiations with key governments and guiding all group mergers and acquisition activities. He led the reshaping of De Beers’ mining portfolio, creating the De Beers Technologies unit, and delivering on De Beers’ commitments to its government partners.
Since becoming CEO, Cleaver has overseen the opening of the largest new diamond mine in more than a decade, the launch of the world’s largest diamond exploration vessel, and De Beers’ buyout of LVMH’s share in the De Beers Jewellers business. In 2017, Cleaver was announced as one of UN Women’s thematic champions for its HeForShe initiative, which is focused on achieving gender equality.
Virginia “Gina” C. Drosos is the chief executive officer of Signet Jewelers (NYSE: SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, where she is leading a team of more than 34,000 to deliver a world-class omnichannel experience to customers of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, H. Samuel, Ernest Jones, Peoples, Piercing Pagoda and JamesAllen.com. Drosos was appointed Signet CEO in July 2017 and has served as an independent director of Signet’s Board since 2012. Drosos has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in the consumer goods, beauty and healthcare industries, as well as retail. She is also on the Board of Directors of American Financial Group (NYSE: AFG), an insurance and investments company.
Before becoming Signet’s CEO, Drosos served as president and CEO of Assurex Health, where she delivered significant revenue growth and executed the strategic sale of the company to Myriad Genetics. Prior to her tenure at Assurex Health, Drosos spent 25 years at the Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG), where she held positions of increasing responsibility with strong proven results.
Drosos has a long history of supporting purpose-driven organizations, including her role on the board of Back2Back Ministries, an international nonprofit organization that cares for orphans and vulnerable children.
As chief executive officer, Jason Goldberger leads Blue Nile’s strategy and long-term vision, and works with his executive partners to align merchandising, technology, marketing and customer service efforts in order to provide the best possible experience and value to its customers.
In his own words, “Our customers are trusting Blue Nile during one of the most important and stressful times of their lives. We work tirelessly to be a good partner for our customers and delight them every day.” Outside of work, Goldberger enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, playing golf, and visiting Washington wineries.
Robert Andrew "Andy" Johnson is chief executive of of Diamond Cellar Holdings, a holding company with multiple omni-channel retail stores. He is also involved in Robert W. Johnson, Inc., a corporation partnering in residential and commercial real estate. He has served on the boards of organizations such as the Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Columbus College of Art and Design. Johnson is currently a member of the World Presidents’ Organization and the Chief Executives Organization. He has been a member of the GIA Board of Governors since November 2017.
International Head of Jewelry
A recognized auctioneer at Christie’s salerooms in Geneva, Hong Kong, London and New York, Rahul Kadakia joined Christie’s — the international leader in the jewelry auction market — in 1996. In 2004, he was named head of the jewelry department for Christie’s Americas and annual auction sales have soared above $100 million in New York nearly every year since his appointment, with private sales generating many millions more.
Kadakia has been at the podium for a number of record breaking sales, including the Ellen Barkin Collection, which showcased the most important collection of jewels by JAR ever to appear at auction. Many records were achieved under his gavel, including the sale of the famed Princie Diamond, which at $39.3 million was the most valuable Golconda diamond ever sold at auction.
Kadakia was appointed International Head of Jewelry in April 2014. Under his gavel, Christie’s Geneva sold the Oppenheimer Blue Diamond for $57.5 million, a world auction record for any blue diamond.
Chow Tai Fook
Mr. Wong Siu-Kee (Kent Wong) is the managing director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (Group), one of the largest jewelry retailers in the world. Known for its product design, quality and value, the Group has an extensive retail network in Greater China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States, and a fast-growing e-commerce business.
Wong is responsible for the overall management of the Group, which includes the iconic brand Chow Tai Fook Jewellery and other brands like CHOW TAI FOOK T MARK, Hearts on Fire, MONOLOGUE and SOINLOVE. He has extensive experience in operations and managements, along with expanding the Group's business in Mainland China. Wong also serves as a member of the Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee at the Group. He is also a board member of World Diamond Council and a vice chairman of the Gems & Jewelry Trade Association of China.
Recognized as an international industry leader, Wong received the Director of The Year Awards 2015 from The Hong Kong Institute of Directors. In 2016, he was awarded "CEO of the Year/Luxury/Asia" by the International Alternative Investment Review.
David Ager is Senior Fellow within Executive Education at Harvard Business School. Professor Ager's research focuses on the leadership and organizational challenges that firms face as they conduct post-acquisition integration. He recently published a paper entitled "The Emotional Impact and Behavioral Consequences of Post-M&A Integration," which considers the complexities of post-merger integration and demonstrates how social identity, emotions, and coping strategies both motivate and constrain human behavior, leading to perverse unintended consequences that directly impact individual and organization-level goals of integration.