GIA Hires Its 1st VP Of ESG


The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has chosen Johanna Levy (pictured), an adviser to organizations ranging from Google to the World Gold Council, to be its first vice president of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs.

She will report to Pritesh Patel, GIA senior vice president and chief operating officer.

In her new role, Levy will develop a comprehensive ESG vision and strategy for GIA that fits its core business plan and mission to protect consumers.

“GIA is in a unique position to advance the development and implementation of programs and practices that will lead to greater transparency and a more sustainable future for the gem and jewelry industry,” said Levy in a statement.

Levy comes to GIA from Firmenich, a flavor and fragrance company, where she served as senior director of global environmental excellence. Before Firmenich, she worked in-house and as a consultant to global brands, including Google, Nestlé, and the World Gold Council. She also worked in communications for luxury conglomerate Kering.

Levy holds a Master of Liberal Arts in extension studies with a concentration in environmental sciences from Harvard University, a Master of Science in sustainability management from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in management from ESCP in Europe.

Photo courtesy of GIA

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By: Rob Bates

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