The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has named its new senior vice president for institute and industry relations.

Anna Martin will mentor and work with senior GIA executives to develop and further relationships with key individuals, companies and other global gem and jewellery trade stakeholders.

“Under Anna’s incredible leadership as senior vice president and global head of business development and beneficiation over the past seven years, our successful work with miners, manufacturers and retailers dramatically expanded,” said GIA CEO Susan Jacques.

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“In this new role, Anna will devote her expertise and energy to help secure the Institute’s future and ensure the success of our very important consumer protection mission. I look forward to GIA continuing to benefit from her unique experience and wise guidance.”

Meanwhile, Martin added: “I am very excited and honored to take this next step with GIA and in my career. I’ve been fortunate to find, again and again, opportunities to help the key institutions in our industry develop and succeed.”

Anna Martin served as a governor on the GIA board from 1997 to 2011, including as vice-chair from 2008 to 2011. She serves on the boards of many industry organisations, and her work and service have been recognised with numerous awards.

As previously announced, GIA’s business development functions will integrate under Mark Buntz, GIA senior vice president and chief marketing officer, with a strong focus on the US, China and India markets.