Former US diplomat Stephen Morisseau joins as PR director.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has appointed Stephen Morisseau as public relations director, effective immediately.

As part of the communications team Morisseau will be responsible for implementing and driving PR strategies that further GIA objectives.


Morisseau has more than 25 years of experience in communications, public relations and government affairs in the public and private sectors. Following a 15-year career as a US diplomat in Europe and Latin America, he spent 10 years in the international and domestic energy industry in Houston, Texas, including more than two years leading public relations for one of the largest competitive electricity retailers in the state.

GIA vice-president and chief marketing officer Kathryn Kimmel: “Effective public relations are vital to meeting our commitment to help consumers learn about and understand diamond, gemstone and pearl quality.”

Morrisseau added: “It is an honor to join such a well-respected organisation, particularly at a time when GIA is expanding, bringing its expertise to constituents and consumers around the world. GIA wants to help make sure that the gems and jewelry used to celebrate special occasions in people’s lives are as beloved as the memories they commemorate.”