(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has appointed Katherine Palmer Andrews to the newly-created position of Vice President of Ethics and Compliance. Andrews has extensive experience developing enterprise compliance programs and leading global teams, including six years in chief compliance officer roles at General Electric Co. She will work with senior management to ensure the integrity of the Institute’s compliance and ethics programs.
“GIA has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the last two years in recognition of the excellent work that has gone into our compliance program. Katherine’s impressive skills and experience will help us build upon that success, ensuring that GIA continues as a leader in ethics and compliance,” said Susan Jacques, GIA’s president and CEO.
“It is paramount that we do our very best to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry. I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues at GIA to build the Institute’s organizational capacity to meet the compliance challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This will be my top priority,” added Andrews.
Andrews has experience with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, in private practice and as an in-house attorney for GE Energy. She led the global compliance team at GE Energy for five years and was responsible for all legal and compliance aspects of the integration of a significant mining equipment and services company into GE Transportation. She joins GIA from Thomson Reuters, where she developed an enterprise-wide compliance program. Andrews is a founding member of the Chief Compliance Officers Forum in Atlanta and a board member of the Georgia Bar Antitrust Section. She holds a Doctor of Law (JD) degree from Duquense University School of Law and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University.
Andrews began her tenure with GIA on September 8. Based in New York, she will report to GIA President and CEO Susan Jacques.
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