American Gem Society CEO Ruth Batson To Retire In June 2017
The American Gem Society (AGS) and AGS Laboratories announced that Ruth Batson, CEO of both organisations, will retire in the summer of 2017. The AGS board of directors will be forming a committee to hire a new CEO.
Louis Smith, AGS president, stated, “Ruth will participate in the search and on-boarding process of the new CEO. We are confident that we will find a great successor to guide the organisation forward. Ruth has generously provided us with ample time to make a seamless transition.”
“I have been a part of AGS for 23 years, which has been my entire career in the jewellery industry,” said Batson. “I am deeply passionate about the mission of AGS and AGS Laboratories. It is a privilege and honour to serve the membership. I will forever feel connected to the wonderful AGS and AGS Laboratories staff, the members, and my jewellery industry friends. We have an excellent team, and I know the Society and Laboratory will be in good hands.” Batson plans to split her retirement between a ranch in Montana and her home in Las Vegas.
Scott Berg, presidentelect of the AGS board of directors, stated, “Ruth will be greatly missed. She has protected the Society’s many assets and ensured its long-term sustainability during her tenure. The Society is on a strong financial footing, which is directly related to her outstanding management.”
Ruth also serves on the boards of the Women’s Jewelry Association, Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Jewelers for Children, US Jewelry Council, JCK Show Advisory Board, and Chair of the Ethical Initiatives Committee for the Jewelers of America. Her recent achievements include the Excellence in Service award from the Women’s Jewelry Association (2010), the Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope honouree (2012), the Doyenne of the Year Award (2013) from the Indian Diamond & Colored Stone Association, and in 2014, Ruth won the Lifetime Achievement award from the Women’s Jewelry Association. For the last four years, since 2012, JCK magazine has included Batson in the “JCK Power List: Movers, Shakers and Tastemakers in the Jewelry Industry.”