Amer­i­can Gem So­ci­ety CEO Ruth Bat­son To Re­tire In June 2017

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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.”

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