MORRISVILLE, NC -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/11 -- Charles & Colvard, Ltd. (NASDAQ: CTHR), the sole manufacturer of moissanite lab-created gemstones, The Most Brilliant Jewel in the World®, today announced the appointment of Steven M. Larkin to its Board of Directors.
Since January 2010, Mr. Larkin, age 52, has served as Senior Vice President, Direct, of Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. ("Golfsmith"), a specialty retailer of golf and tennis equipment, apparel, and accessories. From November 2009 to January 2010, he was a consultant to Golfsmith. From August 2008 to June 2009, Mr. Larkin served as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and E-Commerce Officer at Zale Corporation, a specialty retailer of diamonds and other jewelry products. He was Zale Corporation's Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing and E-Commerce, from February 2008 to August 2008 and its Senior Vice President, Direct to Consumer, from January 2006 to February 2008. Before joining Zale Corporation, Mr. Larkin served in a variety of e-commerce and marketing-related executive positions with various companies in the retail industry for over 20 years, including ShopNBC, The Fingerhut Corporation, and Federated Department Stores/Macy's, Inc.
"We are very pleased to welcome Steve Larkin as an independent member of our Board of Directors," stated Randy N. McCullough, Chief Executive Officer of Charles & Colvard, Ltd. "An important element in our growth strategy involves e-commerce marketing initiatives. Steve's extensive experience in this area and his understanding of the jewelry industry should prove invaluable to our management team and is consistent with our Board's strategic direction as we seek to realize the potential of moissanite in the $120 billion global jewelry industry."
About Charles & Colvard, Ltd.
Charles & Colvard, Ltd., based in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, is the global sole source of moissanite, a unique, near-colorless lab-created gemstone that is distinct from other gemstones and jewels based on its exceptional fire, brilliance, luster, durability, and rarity. Charles & Colvard Created Moissanite® is currently incorporated into fine jewelry sold through domestic and international retailers and other sales channels. Charles & Colvard, Ltd. is headquartered in Morrisville, North Carolina, and the Company's common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "CTHR". For more information, please access www.moissanite.com or www.charlesandcolvard.com.
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