The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) has appointed Douglas K. Hucker, to serve as its next chief executive officer (CEO), replacing Gary Roskin who has led the association for the past seven years.
In his new role, Hucker will work to expand ICA’s membership, strengthen the organisation’s influence and resources, and uphold its role in public and industry affairs as an advocate for its members and the coloucred gemstone industry at large.
Prior to joining the ICA, Hucker served as CEO of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) over two decades. His involvement in the industry includes participation on the boards of several associations, including the AGTA, the American Gem Society, the Jewellers Vigilance Committee, and the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO).
He has also been a supporter of the Jewellers’ Security Alliance and the Women’s Jewellery Association.
The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) is a non-profit organisation, created specifically to benefit the global coloured gemstone industry.
The association comprises 500+ gem industry leaders from mine to market, including miners, gem cutters, suppliers, retailers, trade associations, gemological laboratories, academia, museums, and more, from 47 countries who are devoted to advancing and promoting the knowledge and appreciation of coloured gemstones.
Clement Sabbagh, ICA president, said: “We salute Gary on his departure and sincerely express our gratitude for the exemplary job he has done in his leadership role with our association.
“We are very excited to have an individual as talented and committed as Douglas Hucker, who has a long and proven record of association management excellence, join our team. Doug brings proven leadership skills, knowledge of the industry, solid ethical credentials and a vision for the future that aligns perfectly with our Board and our membership.”
Hucker added: “I am extremely grateful to the ICA for the opportunity they have provided, which allows me to continue my passion and efforts to continually improve the coloured gemstone industry.”