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RJC to Expand with New Development Hire

Edward Johnson will work to improve relationships with members and others in the industry.
Nov 27, 2017 3:50 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC) has appointed gemologist Edward Johnson as director of business development, tasking him with improving the organization’s relationships with members and other industry players.

Johnson (pictured) previously held the same title at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), where, from 2015, he worked to establish the laboratory’s presence in the UK and expand it across Europe. He joined the GIA in 2002 as director of education in London, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Johnson will report to executive director Andrew Bone, and will develop strategies for increasing membership engagement and strengthen ties with key stakeholders, the RJC said last week. He will also evaluate opportunities for the standards organization to expand into new markets, with a strong focus on Greater China, India and the US.

“I am incredibly excited to be joining the team at the RJC, and look forward to progressing their vision of an industry-wide accreditation,” Johnson said. “The work of the RJC proposes a set of unique challenges, but also an exciting prospect of growth and opportunity to promote the industry’s strong determination to deliver confidence to its consumers and uphold sustainable practices.”
Tags: Andrew bone, Edward Johnson, ethics, Gemological Institute of America, gemology, GIA, Rapaport News, Responsible Jewellery Council, responsible jewelry, RJC, sourcing, supply chain
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