|By PR Newswire||
|September 3, 2014 09:50 PM EDT||
NEW YORK, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald announced the appointment of Abby Huhtanen as President of the company.
"Abby is one of the most respected people in the industry," says McDonald. "She understands the brand, supports my vision and brings a plethora of new ideas to the table. She is also proficient in the business of fine jewelry, from creation to final point of sale, and I believe she has all the skills necessary to lead KMD into the future."
An accomplished fine jewelry executive with more than 20 years of experience, Huhtanen has held top-level sales, marketing and merchandising positions at Robert Lee Morris, John Hardy and Chanel Watches. In her most recent role, as a senior buyer at Bergdorf Goodman, she successfully grew the fine jewelry business to $40M. It is also how she and McDonald came to meet six years ago. "Her jewelry designs were so unique, I believe I may have asked if we could launch her that day," recalls Huhtanen.
"As President, my goal is to develop the brand into a globally-recognized, multi-faceted design maison that prominently represents the eco-referenced, responsibly produced luxury lifestyle," states Huhtanen. "While I will be based in our New York City offices, I will also be working closely with KMD employees to advance the company's boutique in Los Angeles."
As KMD's identity, goals and sphere of influence expand, Huhtanen's presence will allow McDonald to focus on design and product development, while Huhtanen will be responsible for executing a highly strategic sales and marketing plan.
Kimberly McDonald is a New York-based company specializing in fine jewelry made with natural and organic materials such as opals and geodes, complemented by diamonds and other precious as well as semi-precious gemstones. McDonald's jewelry designs, home décor collection and personal accessories comprise a luxury eco-conscious lifestyle brand that is committed to honoring and celebrating nature in every way. Her pieces, sold at fine department stores like Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Browns of London, plus a flagship in L.A. and a number of independent boutiques, make frequent appearances in the fashion pages of Elle, W, and Robb Report and other prestigious media outlets. For more information, please visit kimberlymcdonald.com or follow her at @KMD_Jewelry on Twitter and @kimberlymcdonaldjewelry via Instagram.
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