AGS names new CEO


The American Gem Society (AGS) has announced the appointment of Katherine Bodoh as its new CEO. Bodoh, who will succeed the current CEO, Ruth Batson, will assume responsibilities on March 1, 2017.


Bodoh is currently the deputy executive director of AGS. Prior to this, she worked as the director of commercial lines marketing and industry relations at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.


“It is an honor to serve the membership of the American Gem Society. I will resolutely uphold our esteemed legacy and seek new ways to bring value to our membership and laboratory clients,” says Bodoh. “I joined AGS because of its mission and its extraordinary members. I had the opportunity to learn from the incomparable Ruth Batson. I look forward to partnering with the Board of Directors and the wonderful team at AGS and AGS Laboratories. Together we will serve the next generation of industry professionals and keep AGS vibrant, relevant and indispensable.”


“I couldn’t be prouder of the Board’s choice for the next era of leadership at the American Gem Society,” says. Batson, who will stay on with the AGS through the end of May. “Having worked closely already with Katherine, I know that she is member-focused with a deep commitment to our mission of consumer protection. I look forward to watching the Society reach new heights with Katherine and the rest of our amazing team at AGS and AGS Laboratories.”


Bodoh began her career in the industry working at the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America in Providence, RI. She has additionally served on the Women’s Jewelry Association Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Jewelers Association, the JFC Fundraising Committee, and the Event Committee. She is currently involved in the Jewelers Leadership Forum and the US Jewelry Council, and is an active member of ASAE (American Society of Association Executives). She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Loyola University New Orleans, and is an American Gem Society Registered Jeweler.