Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Harris Originals Appoints Zimmermann as President, CEO

Harris Originals appointed John Zimmermann as its new president and chief executive officer (CEO) to replace Beverly Harris, who will assume the role of chairman of the board. Zimmermann previously served as corporate senior vice president and president of Zale Canada where he led a successful turnaround of the company. Subsequently, he became president of Zale North America, where he dramatically improved merchandising, sales, marketing and operations.

After being involved with Harris Originals for most of her life, and leading the company during the past five years as president and CEO, Harris will remain actively involved in the business as chairman of the board, but will relinquish her day-to-day operating responsibilities to Zimmermann and the executive team.

Harris said, ''As a distinguished business leader and veteran jewelry executive, John Zimmermann is a valuable addition to our company's management team. He brings to Harris an extensive retail background and proven track record based on three decades of successfully operating and growing businesses within the specialty retail arena. We feel fortunate to bring on board a CEO and leader of John's caliber, and I know my father would be extremely proud to see John at the helm of the company he worked so hard for over 50 years to make the success it is today."

Zimmermann, his wife Jessica and their three sons, will be relocating to Long Island, New York, from their current home in Dallas, Texas. Harris will relocate to the Los Angeles area, but continue to maintain a presence in New York.

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