Mission & Governance
GIA's mission is to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism through education, research, laboratory services, and instrument development.
GIA Board of Governors
The GIA Board of Governors is the steward of the public interest. The board helps direct the strategy of the Institute to ensure that the mission and vision of GIA are followed in all decisions; that the reputation of GIA is preserved and continues to grow globally; and that the financial goals of the Institute are met.
Each governor offers a unique perspective, based on their professional experience in retail, research, education, finance, law, manufacturing and other areas; several have extensive international experience.
GIA’s first advisory board of retail jewelers was organized by Robert Shipley in 1932 to garner support for gemological training. Having a board of directors is one of the requirements for a public benefit nonprofit organization in the United States. All of GIA’s global activities fall under the same governing concept.
John A. Green
President and CEO, Lux Bond & Green
CEO and Managing Director, Dhamani Jewels Group
Rodney C. Ewing, Ph.D.
Donald R. Peacor Collegiate Professor
The University of Michigan
Jeffrey H. Fischer
President, Fischer Diamonds, Inc.
Thomas H. Insley
CFO, Intrepid Therapeutics, Inc.
Susan M. Jacques
President and CEO, GIA
Dione D. Kenyon
President, Jewelers Board of Trade
Lisa A. Locklear
Senior Vice President and CFO, North America, Ingram Micro, Inc.
Thomas M. Moses
Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer, GIA
Glenn R. Nord
Past President and Governor for Life, GIA
Barbara A. Sawrey, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate Education
University of California, San Diego
James P. Shinehouse
Partner, Atlantic Financial Advisory Partners
Hank B. Siegel
President and CEO, Hamilton Jewelers
Aron L. Suna
President, Suna Bros., Inc.
Managing Director, Dehres Limited
GIA’s Executive Staff constitutes a diverse group of highly experienced professionals from both inside and outside of the gem and jewelry industry. Responsible for carrying out the Institute’s mission to protect and ensure the public trust globally, the executive team follows a strict code of ethics and seeks to infuse each initiative GIA undertakes with dedication and value-driven purpose. Executive staff maintains daily operations for all areas of the Institute and promotes and continues the growth of GIA.
|Susan M. Jacques||President and Chief Executive Officer|
|Thomas M. Moses||Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer|
|David J. Tearle||Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|
|Nirupa Bhatt||Managing Director for India and Middle East|
|Lisa Biggs||Vice President, Corporate Controller|
|Matt Crimmin||Vice President of Laboratory Operations|
|Linda Ellis||Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer|
|Don Foster||Chief Information Officer|
|Bev Hori||Vice President of Education and Chief Learning Officer|
|Kathryn Kimmel||Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer|
|John King||Chief Quality Officer|
|Seung-Hae Moon||Managing Director for Asia Pacific|
|Cynthia Sanders||Vice President of Instruments and Corporate Services|
|Kenneth Scarratt||Managing Director for Southeast Asia|
|Lucy Xia||Vice President, Global Laboratory Planning|
|Phillip M. Yantzer||Vice President of Laboratory Services|
CAMPUS AND LABORATORY LEADERSHIP
GIA’s nine global laboratories and 11 educational campuses are led by a group of experienced professionals and leaders in their respective fields. Each campus and laboratory boasts at its helm a director with a wide breadth of knowledge and intimate understanding of their individual location. The laboratory and education directors bridge the gap between executive staff and students or lab employees while ensuring the smooth and ethical running of their campus or laboratory.
|Bangkok||Claudia D'Andrea||Kenneth Scarratt|
|Carlsbad||Susan Elliott||Phil Yantzer|
|Hong Kong||Stella Lee||Wai Man Cheng|
|Mumbai||Manoj Singhania||Matt Hall|
|New York||Sam Kong||Thomas M. Moses|
|Ramat Gan||Gabriel Alayon Ormaza|
|Tokyo||Yoshiko Doi||Mari Okada|