AKRON, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Signet Jewelers (“Signet”) (NYSE and LSE: SIG), the world’s largest
retailer of diamond jewelry, announced that Uta Werner has joined the
Company as Signet Chief Strategy Officer.
As Chief Strategy Officer, Werner will be responsible for strategy
development and execution and will be focused on the identification of
growth opportunities, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions.
Werner’s other responsibilities include monitoring long-term trends,
gathering competitive intelligence, driving cross-business-unit
initiatives, and sustaining business model innovation. She will report
to Signet Chief Executive Officer Mark Light and serve on Signet’s
“Uta will help us further differentiate and strengthen our position as
the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry,” said Light. “This role
is critical to the transformation of Signet and the creation of an
organization that supports Signet’s Vision 2020 and our future growth.
Vision 2020 represents a well-planned strategic framework for growth and
future success. We are all very excited for Uta to join the team at
Signet and look forward to her contributing to our success.”
Prior to joining Signet, Werner was Executive Vice President, Global
Product Leadership at Nielsen, a leading global performance management
company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers
Watch and Buy. In this role, Werner led Nielsen’s Global Sales
Effectiveness Practice, building a highly-differentiated Advanced
Analytics business that helps consumer products manufacturers and
retailers leverage Big Data to systematically optimize and manage
in-store and on-line sales drivers. Werner has more than 20 years of
experience as an advisor to senior management and investors, and prior
to Nielsen was Chief Strategy Officer of Xerox Corporation, a Fortune
200 firm in the Technology / Business Process Services sector.
Werner holds the equivalent of an MS in Mathematics and an MBA from the
Technical University in Aachen Germany, as well as a Master of Public
Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University. She is also a Board Member of Forte Foundation, a non-profit
consortium of major corporations and top business schools working
together to launch women into fulfilling, significant business careers
through access to business education, opportunities and a community of
About Signet Jewelers
Signet Jewelers is the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry.
Signet operates approximately 3,600 stores primarily under the name
brands of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, H.Samuel,
Ernest Jones, Peoples and Piercing Pagoda. Further information on Signet
is available at www.signetjewelers.com.
See also www.kay.com,
David Bouffard, Vice President, Corporate Affairs