About Us

Mission & Governance

Mission Statement

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.

 
Chair
John A. Green
President and CEO, Lux Bond & Green

Amit Dhamani
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.

Elliot Tannenbaum 
Senior Principal, Leo Schachter Diamond Group
 
Thomas T. Yang          
Partner, PrimeGenesis

Ephraim Zion
Managing Director, Dehres Limited
 
Ralph Destino
Chairman Emeritus
 

Executive Staff

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
Bev Hori Senior Vice President of Education and Chief Learning Officer
Kathryn Kimmel Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
David J. Tearle Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Nirupa Bhatt Managing Director for India and Middle East
Lisa Biggs Vice President and Corporate Controller
Matt Crimmin Vice President of Laboratory Operations
Linda Ellis Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer
Don Foster Chief Information 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
Rohit Tandon Chief Human Resources Officer
Jennifer Wilson Vice President, Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Lucy Xia Vice President of 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.


Location Campus Laboratory
Bangkok Claudia D'Andrea Kenneth Scarratt
Carlsbad Susan Elliott Phil Yantzer
Gaborone    
Hong Kong Stella Lee Wai Man Cheng
Johannesburg   Leslie Milner
London Edward Johnson  
Moscow Yulia Solodova  
Mumbai Manoj Singhania Matt Hall
New York Sam Kong Thomas M. Moses
Ramat Gan   Gabriel Alayon Ormaza
Seoul Mr. Kim  
Taipei Vivian Wang  
Tokyo Yoshiko Doi Mari Okada

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