Andrews now vice president of Global Compliance and Ethics department.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has appointed Katherine Palmer Andrews to the newly-created position of vice president of Global Ethics and Compliance.

Andrews has experience developing enterprise compliance programs and leading global teams, including six years in chief compliance officer roles at General Electric Co.


She will now work with senior management to ensure the integrity of the GIA’s compliance and ethics programs.

GIA president and chief executive officer Susan Jacques commented: “GIA has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the last two years in recognition of the excellent work that has gone into our compliance program. Katherine’s impressive skills and experience will help us build upon that success, ensuring that GIA continues as a leader in ethics and compliance.”

Andrews added: “It is paramount that we do our very best to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry. I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues at GIA to build the Institute’s organizational capacity to meet the compliance challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This will be my top priority.”

Most recently, Andrews worked with Thomson Reuters, where she developed an enterprise-wide compliance program. She officially began her tenure with the GIA on September 8, and will be based in New York reporting to chief executive officer Susan Jacques.

Recently, the GIA appointed Anna Martin as senior vice president of global development, with the aim of broadening and deepening GIA’s relationships with clients and stakeholders.