Edward Johnson is becoming the new Director of Business Development for the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). Johnson is being brought on to expand its expertise and to drive the growth of the organization, strengthen its influence and reputation across the industry.
Johnson is coming from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) where he has worked to establish their presence in the UK and expand it across Europe. He brings experience and enthusiasm to his new role at the RJC. Before working with GIA Johnson was a Graduate Gemologist who ran an independent jewellery appraisal company. He also served as a consultant gemologist to the Hong Kong Jade and Stone Laboratory.
Johnson will be focusing his efforts around developing strategies to drive membership engagement and strengthen RJC’s relationship with its members. His role will be important in evaluating new opportunities for growth and expansion into niche markets, and working to showcase RJC’s core values and vision for a responsible worldwide supply chain that promotes and encourages trust in the global fine jewellery and watch industry.
After joining RJC Edward said, “I am incredibly excited to be joining the team at the RJC and look forward to progressing their vision of an industry wide accreditation. 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.”
Executive Director of RJC Andrew Bone said, “ We are delighted to welcome Edward to the team at the RJC and look forward to working with him on furthering our influence as a respected membership and standards setting organization for the fine jewellery and watch supply chain. His extended experience in the industry and sustained commitment to upholding the values shared by all our members, make him the ideal representative for the RJC.”
First thing on Edward Johnson’s list will be working to develop the RJC globally, and focusing mainly on Greater China, India, and USA.