Emmy Kondo joins the World Gold Council jewellery team

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The World Gold Council, the market development organisation for the gold industry, has appointed Emmy Kondo to fulfil a strategic business development role within the jewellery team. Emmy will be focusing her attention on the online community LoveGold, which is approaching half a million followers and on jewellery market development across the world. Based in Chicago, Emmy will report to Sally Morrison, Managing Director, Jewellery.

Emmy has a wealth of experience in both consumer and trade strategic planning having most recently worked at De Beers. As the Vice President, Strategic Planning for Forevermark, she was instrumental in the launch of this diamond brand during the Holiday season of 2011/12 Prior to this, Emmy spent over 10 years at JWT NY as Planning Director, where she was responsible for the widely recognised marketing campaign "A Diamond is Forever" for her client De Beers. She also worked on a number of consumer brands including Ragu and Thermasilk.

Commenting on her appointment Emmy said: "I'm thrilled to be taking on this role at the World Gold Council and to be given the opportunity to find new ways of stimulating demand for gold jewellery, particularly in the US market. I believe there are great opportunities to develop the LoveGold platform even further to reach a wider audience and to reinforce the unique aspects of gold jewellery."

Sally Morrison, Managing Director, Jewellery, World Gold Council said: "Demand for gold jewellery remains strong globally, representing over half overall demand, so the time is right to bring in someone of this stature. Having worked with Emmy for many years, I am looking forward to her joining the World Gold Council team."

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For further information please contact:

Fiona Fieldhouse

World Gold Council

T +44 20 7826 4717

E fiona.fieldhouse@gold.org

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The World Gold Council is the market development organisation for the gold industry. Working within the investment, jewellery and technology sectors, as well as engaging in government affairs, our purpose is to provide industry leadership, whilst stimulating and sustaining demand for gold.

We develop gold-backed solutions, services and markets, based on true market insight. As a result, we create structural shifts in demand for gold across key market sectors.

We provide insights into the international gold markets, helping people to better understand the wealth preservation qualities of gold and its role in meeting the social and environmental needs of society.

Based in the UK, with operations in India, the Far East, Europe and the US, the World Gold Council is an association whose members include the world's leading and most forward thinking gold mining companies.

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