GIA CEO Donna Baker resigns over "differing views"

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Current chairwoman of the board named interim president and CEO.

The Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) president and chief executive Donna Baker has resigned from her role following "differing views on the direction of the GIA".

The Institute’s Board of Governors made the announcement today. It was also announced that the GIA’s current board chairwoman Susan M. Jacques, president and chief executive of retailer Borsheims Fine Jewelry in the US, will take on the role of interim president and chief executive at the GIA while the board conducts a search for a new CEO.

Tom Moses, senior vice president of laboratory and research at the GIA will continue overseeing all of GIA’s global laboratory operations. Bev Hori, vice president of education and chief learning officer, will continue to lead GIA’s gemological and industry education efforts. The Institute said no other changes in management are anticipated.

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Earlier this year the GIA relaunched its website with revisions to its global-standard gem grading and identification reports.

Donna Baker said at the time: "These advances are the next steps in our continuous effort to serve the global public by bringing the fascinating world of gems, gemmology and jewellery to people all around the world and helping to ensure their trust in gems and jewellery."

 

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