Batson, who has helmed the American Gem Society since 2002, plans to retire in summer 2017
Ruth Batson, who has helmed the American Gem Society since 2002, plans to retire in summer 2017.
The AGS board of directors will be forming a committee to hire a new CEO. Batson will participate in the search.
Batson has also headed American Gem Society laboratories since 2012.
“I have been a part of AGS for 23 years and my entire career in the jewelry industry,” Batson said in a statement. “I am deeply passionate about the mission of AGS and AGS Laboratories.… I will forever feel connected to the wonderful AGS Laboratories staff, the members, and my jewelry industry friends. We have an excellent team, and I know the society and laboratory will be in good hands.”
Batson will split her retirement between a ranch in Montana and her home in Las Vegas.
In 2014, Batson won the Women’s Jewelry Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also named a Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope honoree in 2012 and won the Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association’s Doyenne of the Year award in 2013.