Anna Martin to "broaden and deepen GIA’s relationships with clients".

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has appointed Anna Martin as senior vice president of global development, with the aim of broadening and deepening GIA’s relationships with clients and stakeholders.

Martin joins the Institute from Standard Chartered Bank, where she held the role of managing director and head of global marketing, diamonds and jewellery. Her experience amounts to four decades in banking serving the gem and jewellery industry.


GIA president and chief executive officer Susan Jacques said: “Anna Martin brings invaluable and unique expertise and experience that will help us continue to focus on ensuring consumer trust in gems and jewellery. Anna will help build our capabilities as a global organisation as we work to deepen our research program, expand laboratory capacity and bring gemmological education to more people around the world.”

Martin served on the GIA Board of Governors from 1997 to 2011 and is well-known in the US gemstone and jewellery industry.
Her work has been recognised with numerous industry awards and she has served on the boards of many industry organisations. She will commence her new role at the GIA’s New York HQ on September 2, reporting to Jacques.

Martin said: "I am very excited to join GIA to help build on its history of excellence in research, education and laboratory services. There are so many opportunities for the gem and jewellery industry to do good in the world; I look forward to working with my new colleagues at GIA to seize these opportunities.”

The GIA also announced the appointments of Rohit Tandon as GIA’s chief human resources officer.

Tandon joins GIA from the nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation where, as a member of senior management, he oversaw programs in 34 countries with an annual budget of $1 billion to treat more than 300,000 patients. He has extensive experience in global human resources, spanning 25 years in the manufacturing, insurance, logistics and software industries.

A number of senior GIA executives were named senior vice presidents, including chief learning officer Bev Hori, chief marketing officer Kathryn Kimmel and chief financial officer David Tearle.

Corporate counsel Jennifer Wilson has been promoted to vice president and was elected corporate secretary at the GIA’s May 2014 Board of Governors meeting.