Littman Resigns From GIA

Jim Littman, whose enormously successful fundraising efforts had a tremendous impact on operations and plans of the Gemological Institute of America, has resigned as its chief development officer, effective Nov. 3. He left for what he called "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to be CEO of a new e-commerce company called IBBC Inc. It is "a marketing and branding company [for the jewelry industry] and unlike anything else out there now," he told JCK. Littman called his six years at GIA "one of the most rewarding experiences" of his life. At press time, GIA hadn't announced his replacement, but GIA president Bill Boyajian told JCK that Littman created "a great team in our development department, with good leadership and a platform to build on for the future. I am confident they can carry on in the same manner as they have under Jim's direction." Boyajian said that in the interim he would "w

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