GIA commences search for new president and CEO

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Gemological Institute goes global with hunt after Donna Baker’s exit.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has launched its search for a new president and chief executive following the sudden departure of former president and CEO Donna Baker in June.

The GIA has teamed with DHR International, the fifth largest retained executive search firm in the US, to help find appropriate candidates. It will undertake a global search for a new individual to head up the GIA from its US headquarters.

The GIA’s board chair and interim president and chief executive Susan M. Jacques said: “GIA is an enduring institution with a strong management team, a global presence and 1,800 dedicated staff around the world. With this strong foundation I am confident that the Institute will continue to fulfill its mission to protect the global gem and jewelry buying public through gemological research, professional education, and gem identification and grading laboratory services.”

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Its former president and chief executive Donna Baker resigned with immediate effect in June following "differing views on the direction of the GIA". She joined the GIA in 2001 and was later appointed president in 2006 and chief executive in 2008. She had previously worked as a lawyer and is a former nun with a master’s degree in business.

DHR will conduct a global search for a chief executive to continue GIA’s legacy, reviewing candidates with experience from the gem and jewelry industry, related sectors and those with applicable global experience.
 

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