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MJSA Appoints New CEO, Adopts Strategic Plan

11 january 2009

Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) appointed industry veteran David Cochran as its president and chief executive officer (CEO), RAPAPORT reported. The organization said the appointment ended a year-long search to fill the position, which took place while the group developed its strategic plan. 
As part of that plan, MJSA reviewed the makeup of its membership and evaluated the current products and services it offers. It concluded that it needs to expand its representation of designers and manufacturers nationwide; to increase the industry’s ability to educate and train workers; to influence national and state legislation and international trade decisions; and to provide the tools and information needed by MJSA members to engage in government affairs. In addition, MJSA explained in a statement, its new strategy aims to expand the methods through which it delivers information, and to provide enhanced sales and marketing opportunities to reach new markets and strengthen connections with customers. 
Cochran, with significant industry experience behind him, including having managed his own jewelry manufacturing operation, will lead the company in fulfilling this strategy. "During his 30-plus years in the jewelry industry, David has a proven track record of developing and implementing strategic initiatives, and of ensuring his companies reach their potential," said Curt Ley, MJSA's interim president and CEO, who chaired both the search committee and the strategic review task force. "He'll provide the leadership the association needs to realize its strategic vision and to help our members overcome the global challenges they face."