Ralph Destino Retires from GIA

Gemological Institute of America chairman Ralph Destino, who took over amid the GIA’s Certifigate scandal, has retired. Current president Donna Baker will be president and chief executive officer.

GIA also appointed Susan Jacques, president and CEO of Borsheims, as chair of the board of governors. Anna Martin, of Standard Chartered Bank, was elected vice chairwoman.

Destino was named chairman emeritus. GIA also gave him the Richard T. Liddicoat Award for Distinguished Achievement, the highest tribute it bestows on a staff member.

Ralph Destino is now GIA’s chairman emeritus.