Jewelers for Children (JFC) will hold their annual Facets of Hope event on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Philippe Mellier, CEO of De Beers Group and Scott Burger, CEO of the Americas for Pandora will be honored.
The event celebrates the success of JFC’s fund raising efforts for the year, and commitments to the charity partners are announced. In 2014, more than 1,800 industry guests attended during the Las Vegas market events. Both Mellier and Burger have agreed to serve as guests of honor at the event with the responsibility of assisting JFC in raising funds to benefit children who are the victims of catastrophic illness or life-threatening abuse and neglect. Each year, prominent industry leaders are honored by the charity.
“Philippe and Scott are so well deserving of this very special honor,” said Ruth Batson of the American Gem Society, JFC Chairman. “Their commitment to giving back, particularly when children are involved, is commendable!”
The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the South Seas Ballroom on the third level of the hotel, with dinner and the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in attending or sponsoring can contact JFC at 212-687-2949 or email@example.com. Details and participation forms are available at the JFC website, www.jewelersforchildren.org. The evening will continue at 9:00 p.m. when the annual JCK Rocks the Beach party begins.
Jewelers for Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated more than $45 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse or neglect through their charity partners St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Make-A-Wish® America, and the National CASA Association. JFC also provides support to Make-A-Wish® International, and the Santa-America Fund. This nationwide success is due to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals and jewelry consumers.
About Philippe Mellier
Philippe Mellier was appointed Chief Executive, De Beers Group, in July 2011.
He began his career at the Ford Motor Company, where he spent 19 years in various senior management positions. He joined Renault as a Senior Vice President and in 2001 moved to Volvo AB to become Chairman and Chief Executive of Renault Trucks and a member of the Volvo Group Executive Committee.
Before being named CEO of De Beers Group in May 2011, he was Executive Vice President of the Alstom Group. He was appointed to the De Beers SA Board in May 2011.
Born in Nancy, France, Mellier received a degree in mechanical engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées in Paris in 1979, and an MBA from INSEAD in 1980.
About Scott Burger
Scott Burger serves as president of the Americas for PANDORA, a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hand-finished, modern jewelry made from genuine materials at affordable prices. In this role, Scott leads strategy development and oversees all aspects of the business for the company’s largest market, accounting for approximately 50 percent of sales.
Since assuming the role of president of North America in 2012 and then the Americas in 2013, Scott has brought focus to three key areas – strategy, talent and operational excellence – with the goal to guide PANDORA’s evolution from an entrepreneurial organization to a major global player in fashion and retail. Previously, Scott held multiple roles at PANDORA, including Vice President of Finance and Operations, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. During this time, he played an integral role in helping the company go public in 2010, led market development strategies in Canada and Brazil, and supported other aspects of the company’s globalization strategy.
As a leader, Scott believes strongly his team must start with the end in mind and chart a clear path to success. He’s proud to have contributed to PANDORA’s revenue growth from $95 million to more than $800 million, and he’s confident the brand’s brightest days are still ahead.
Before joining PANDORA, Scott served as Chief Financial Officer for Dormia, a mattress manufacturing and wholesale company, where he led the company’s expansion into China. Prior to that role, Scott served in various leadership positions for Royal Ahold companies, Giant Food and U.S. Foodservice.
Scott earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Baltimore and his Master of Business Administration from Loyola College.
When Scott isn’t talking jewelry, he enjoys spending time with his family – his wife and six children, ranging from ages one to eleven – traveling and sipping fine wine.