executive-officers

Executive Officers – Signet Leadership Team

Lynn Dennison , ,

Lynn Dennison, 53, is the company’s new Chief Legal & Transformation Officer, effective February 2018. She joined the Sterling Jewelers Division in January 2011 as Senior Vice President, Legal, Compliance and Risk Management, and was promoted to Signet Chief Legal, Risk & Corporate Affairs Officer in December 2014. During her tenure at Signet, she has led numerous functional groups, including Real Estate and Store Planning, Indirect Sourcing and Internal Audit. Prior to joining Signet, Ms. Dennison held senior legal positions at Tecumseh Products Company and Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

Virginia “Gina” C. Drosos , ,

Virginia “Gina” C. Drosos, 54, is the Chief Executive Officer and has been on Signet’s Board of Directors since 2012. Gina previously served as President & CEO of Assurex Health, where she delivered significant revenue growth and executed the strategic sale of the Company to Myriad Genetics for up to $410 million.

Prior to Assurex Health, Gina spent 25 years at The Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”) where she held positions of increasing responsibility with strong proven results and became a thought leader in Beauty and mass brand retailing. She most recently served P&G as Group President, Global Beauty Care, an over $6 billion business unit with a portfolio of more than 20 brands, each with its own marketing strategy, over 6,000 employees and 22 manufacturing sites. In this role, she had responsibility for overseeing the business unit operations, strategy and long term business development, successfully transformed the unit’s digital marketing efforts including the first digital-only brand campaign for P&G’s Secret brand, and innovated large brands, such as CoverGirl, Old Spice and Olay. Olay grew from a less than $200 million to $2.5 billion iconic mega beauty brand under Gina’s leadership.

Gina holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The Terry School, University of Georgia, and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Oded Edelman , ,

Oded Edelman, 51, Chief Digital Innovation Advisor of Signet, is also the Founder and CEO of R2Net, the parent company of leading online diamond and bridal jewelry retailer, James Allen.

Edelman began his career as a diamond polisher for his family’s diamond business. He developed machines that automated the polishing process. This innovation increased efficiency for diamond manufacturers, and ultimately lowered the cost of finished diamonds for consumers. In his next role, Edelman traded diamonds throughout Belgium, Russia, South Africa and Israel, and later became a Rio Tinto Sight Holder. He leveraged these relationships to found a robust wholesale diamond network. With an efficient diamond supply chain in place, in 2007, Edelman founded James Allen. The innovative bridal retailer brings the offline jewelry shopping experience online, making it possible for consumers to purchase a high quality engagement ring at an exceptional value with complete confidence and transparency. Signet completed the acquisition of R2Net on September 12, 2017.

Sebastian Hobbs , ,

Sebastian Hobbs, 47, was promoted to President & Chief Customer Officer in January 2017 having previously been Managing Director, UK Division since July 2013. Prior to this, Mr. Hobbs was Commercial Director, UK Division from March 2011. Prior to joining Signet, Mr. Hobbs held other senior retail positions most recently as Group Commercial Director at Blacks Leisure Group plc. Mr. Hobbs is also a Director of Jewelers for Children.

Mark Jenkins , ,

**Mark Jenkins, 59, has been Corporate Secretary since 2004 and Chief Governance Officer since December 2014. He was Chief Legal Officer from September 2012 until December 2014. Previously, he was Director and Company Secretary at COLT Telecom Group plc and Group Company Secretary at Peek plc. He is a barrister.


**Leaving the company as of June 30, 2018

Howard Melnick , ,

Howard Melnick, 56, became Chief Information Officer (CIO) in 2018, following his service in this position as interim CIO. He is accountable for developing and implementing global IT strategies that enable business value. Prior to Signet, Mr. Melnick was CIO at Ralph Lauren. Previous technology leadership positions were at Marriott International and Pepsi-Cola International. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Michele Santana , ,

Michele Santana, 46, became Chief Financial Officer of Signet in August 2014, having previously been Senior Vice President and Financial Controller since October 2010. Prior to joining Signet, Ms. Santana was Director of Internal Audit at Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. and also held key leadership positions at KPMG LLP. Ms. Santana is a certified public accountant.

Carol Schumacher , ,

Carol Schumacher, 61, joined Signet in 2018 as Chief Communications Officer.  Her prior experience included corporate officer positions in communications, investor relations and corporate affairs with Walmart, Home Depot and Intercontinental Exchange.

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