Mark Nechita to uphold GIA’s "commitment to operational excellence".

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has appointed a new vice president of global human resources – a move that it says reflects the GIA’s commitment to operational excellence.

Mark Nechita has taken on the role, after more than 25 years experience in human resources across international markets and for various industries including high-growth consumer products, mining and software.


Donna Baker, chief executive of the GIA, said: “I am pleased to welcome Mark Nechita to our outstanding HR team. Mark’s diverse global experience will play an important role as GIA develops and improves to meet the needs of the global market while remaining focused on our mission of ensuring the public trust in gems and jewellery. We look forward to the wealth of knowledge and the enthusiasm Mark brings with him to GIA.”

Nechita joins GIA from DJO Global, an international medical device company based in California. His career in HR spans more than 25years and several other industries, including both public and privately-held companies.

Nechita also lived in Hong Kong while supporting businesses in the Asia-Pacific region and has established both regional offices and business support operations in India.

He began his tenure with GIA on Monday, November 5 and takes over the role formerly held by Linda Scholl, who led the GIA’s human resources efforts for ten years that included the Institute’s significant global expansion.