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Kathryn Kimmel to Retire from GIA

Aug 28, 2019 7:59 AM   By Rapaport News
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Senior vice president and chief marketing officer Kathryn Kimmel will leave the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) after 29 years.

A third-generation jewelry-industry member, Kimmel worked in retail, manufacturing and various other fields within the trade before joining the GIA. During her time with the organization, she developed its outreach campaign to help consumers understand the 4Cs, and promoted the use of the institute’s gem identification and grading reports. In 1991, she founded the GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair, which has since expanded to encompass California, India, Las Vegas, London and New York, and was co-chair of the institute’s International Gemological Symposium.

“Kathryn opened doors and created opportunities in the gem and jewelry industry for so many women and men,” GIA CEO Susan Jacques said Tuesday. “Millions of consumers across the world have confidence in their gem and jewelry purchases because she had the insight and drive to reach them with independent, credible and research-based knowledge about diamonds, colored stones and pearls.”

A founding member of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) and a member of its Hall of Fame, Kimmel won several industry awards for her work in the trade. She received the Young Women’s Christian Association’s Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) award, the American Gem Society’s Distinguished Service award and the GIA Richard T. Liddicoat award for Distinguished Achievement, among others.

“Kathryn’s expertise, guidance and unerring dedication to GIA’s mission helped to make our institute what it is today,” said Tom Moses, GIA executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer.

Kimmel will step down on August 30.

Image: Kathryn Kimmel. (Gemological Institute of America)
Tags: American Gem Society, Gemological Institute of America, GIA, International Gemological Symposium, jewelry career fair, Kathryn Kimmel, Rapaport News, Richard T. Liddicoat, Susan Jacques, Tom Moses, wja, Women’s Jewelry Association
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