GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has announced the appointments of Amit Dhamani, CEO and managing director of Dhamani Jewels Group, and Thomas Insley, CFO of Intrepid Therapeutics, Inc. to its Board of Governors. Both were inducted at GIA’s May 2012 biannual board meeting in Hong Kong.
“A warm welcome to Amit and Thomas as they join an extraordinary group of global leaders in furthering GIA’s mission to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry,” said Donna Baker, president and CEO of GIA. “Their combined expertise will help us continue to grow; to deliver unbiased, third-party evaluation of gemstones; and to provide world-class gemological education and instruments.”
Dhamani is a second-generation jeweler with extensive experience in Europe, the Middle East and India. Coupled with his background in the colored stone and diamond wholesale business, his vision for the development of the retail gem and jewelry industry has made him an authoritative figure in the international arena. He holds an executive diploma in business administration from Harvard Business School and is the president of the GIA alumni chapter in the Gulf.
Insley has spent the past 10 years as CFO of three different companies, both public and private, and has 29 years of prior experience at the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, with five of those years as a managing partner. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Scripps Research Institute and of the Corporate Directors Forum.
“Our governors bring expertise from their diverse backgrounds. Amit is a visionary jewelry retailer with a firm grounding in best business practices and Thomas has an exemplary record of leadership as an executive and board member of public companies and nonprofit institutions,” said Susan Jacques, GIA board chair and president and CEO of Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts.