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Former Brookstone CEO joins specialty jewelry retailer


Luxury Brand Holdings, parent company of Ross-Simons and Sidney Thomas, has appointed James M. Speltz as president.

Speltz will join the company’s board and oversee all business activities. Most recently, he was COO for Teikametrics, a software and service provider to third-party merchants.

Speltz also previously served as CEO for Brookstone. During his 18-year tenure with Brookstone, he additionally held roles of COO, VP business development, VP of supply chain, and various other management positions

Additionally, the company announced the long-planned retirement of veteran executive VP and COO Robert Simone. Simone has served as Luxury Brand’s COO for 19 years and will remain with the company through second quarter 2017.

“I am incredibly excited about Jim joining Luxury Brand Holdings,” said Darrell Ross, Luxury Brand Holdings chairman and CEO. “As a company, we look forward to working with him in his new leadership role. Jim is a seasoned direct marketer who brings a fresh perspective to the ever-changing retail landscape. Together, we will expand and innovate on our brand footprint, build upon our strong corporate culture, and develop new strategies for providing high-quality fine jewelry at an exceptional value.”

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