Sterling Jewelers Inc., the Akron-headquartered operator of Kay Jewelers and the Jared chain, has a new chief operating officer.
The company revealed a series of organizational changes Monday, and said that Ed Hrabak of Medina County has now assumed the job of chief operating officer.
Sterling, which employs about 2,300 locally, announced Hrabak’s promotion in February.
Hrabak, who had been senior vice president of merchandising and general merchandise manager for the company, succeeded Bill Montalto, who retired June 30 after 26 years with Sterling.
Hrabak joined Sterling in 1987 as a merchandise buyer.
Sterling also said Monday:
• Stuart Lee has been promoted to senior vice president of merchandising and general merchandise manager. Lee joined Sterling in 1996 as a merchandising director and most recently was vice president of merchandising, overseeing the mall and Jared divisions.
• Dawn McGuire has been promoted to vice president of merchandising. McGuire joined Sterling in 1988 as a buyer and most recently was vice president of mall division merchandising.
• Judy Fisher, director of merchandising for the company’s Jared Division, has been promoted to divisional vice president, merchandising, mall division.
• Laurie Kosarik, director of corporate timepieces and merchandise planning allocation and development, has been promoted to divisional vice president, merchandising, Jared division.
Sterling also said Laurel Kruger has joined the company as vice president and associate general counsel.
The company also announced the following organizational shifts:
• Lynn Dennison, formerly Sterling’s senior vice president, legal, compliance and risk management, assumed the newly established role of senior vice president of corporate affairs and general counsel for Sterling’s parent, Signet Jewelers Ltd.
• Kevin Valentine, vice president of loss prevention and internal audit for Sterling, has assumed the new role of vice president, internal audit and risk management for Signet.
• David Bouffard, vice president of public relations for Sterling, has assumed the new role of vice president of corporate affairs for Signet.
All three will continue to be based in Akron.
Sterling, with more than 1,320 jewelry stores in the United States, is the U.S. division of Signet. There is a small Signet administrative team in London; the primary operations in the United Kingdom are the 531-store U.K. division, called Signet Trading Ltd.