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The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has made several additions to its leadership team.
Johanna Levy has joined GIA as vice president of environmental, social, and governance programs (ESG). In this newly formed role, Levy will lead the integration of GIA’s sustainability policy and practices into its core business strategy, developing an ESG vision and strategy that supports consumers in making informed purchase decisions.
Prior to joining GIA, Levy was senior director of global environmental excellence and previously director of sustainability (North America) for Firmenich. She has also worked in-house and as a consultant to global brands including Google, Nestle, and the World Gold Council, and has prior experience in marketing and marketing communications.
“Establishing a broad ESG program led by such a talented, experienced, and passionate professional will connect our community and business goals, driving positive results for communities, the industry, and GIA, and advancing our important consumer-protection mission,” said Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO. “Johanna’s work successfully managing award-winning ESG strategies and initiatives will move GIA and the industry further on the path to a more sustainable future.”
GIA has also added two new directors of business development: Matthew Morabito and Daniel VanDrew.
Previously, Morabito was with Tiffany & Co. for five years, where he rose from sales training manager to senior director. Most recently, he served as a senior director leading the Love and Engagement floor at Tiffany’s flagship store in New York City. He has also worked as a territory manager for Hearts of Fire and a senior manager of family-owned Michaels Jewelers in Connecticut.
VanDrew comes to GIA with more than 27 years of experience in the watch and jewelry industry, most recently spending 18 years as key account manager and director of national accounts at LVMH and TAG Heuer. He has expertise in operations and meeting the needs of retailers, with a proven history of strategy implementation.
“Our goal is to serve our valued clients in new and meaningful ways, supporting their success with the latest and most relevant GIA products and services. Matthew and Daniel bring a wealth of gems and jewelry industry retail experience and a client-centric mindset that will deepen our engagement with the marketplace,” said Richard Pesqueira, GIA vice president of business development for North America and brands.
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