As the former CEO of Richemont North America, Bernard brings decades of unparalleled leadership experience to this new role at Aether, including industry knowledge from his time at Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. Alain is also the founder & CEO of Abbey Road Advisory, a consulting firm focused on advising and investing in mission-driven luxury companies.
“Aether sits squarely at the intersection of luxury and consciousness, which is why I couldn’t be more excited to come on board,” says Bernard. “As an investor and advisor with a special interest in purpose-driven companies, I jumped at the opportunity to leverage the knowledge I’ve amassed through my decades of work in fine jewelry to help further Aether’s mission.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Alain to our Board of Directors and look forward to tapping into his deep knowledge of the luxury and retail markets,” adds Ryan Shearman, co-founder and CEO of Aether. “We are bringing new levels of social and environmental responsibility to the diamond trade and Alain’s penchant for companies with a conscience makes for a perfect match.”
Bernard joins Aether’s leadership with contemporaries from leading luxury jewelry labels such as David Yurman, Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, Stephen Webster, Theo Fennell and Mikimoto.