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RJC announces Matt Runci’s successor as chairman

Courage, CEO of Platinum Guild International (PGI), was unanimously endorsed by the RJC board at a recent meeting. He will assume the position of RJC chairman-elect upon Matt Runci’s retirement at the year’s end.

Dr Matt Runci remarked: “The RJC board and I are delighted to announce that James Courage will succeed me as RJC chairman. I am sure all RJC members will welcome [him] as he applies his renowned knowledge, passion and extensive international experience to this important leadership role in the jewellery industry.

“The RJC undertook a thorough appointment process to identify my successor. The RJC board fully endorsed the recommendation of the Chairman Recruitment Committee, who, after having sought nominations from all RJC members, preparing a shortlist, and conducting interviews amongst that shortlist, had no hesitation in proposing James to the board.”

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James Courage has over 30 years’ experience in the jewellery industry with both the PGI and De Beers. He will assume the role of chairman-elect after Dr Runci’s retirement on 31 December, before he is formally confirmed as chairman by the full RJC membership at the organisation’s general meeting in May 2013.


“I am honoured that the RJC board has appointed me to this important position. Matt Runci has achieved an enormous amount for the jewellery industry in his almost eight years of service as the founding RJC chairman. I am fortunate to be assuming the chairman’s role of an organisation exhibiting exceptional institutional health,” Courage remarked.

“In assuming the role as the non-executive chairman, I look forward to assisting RJC’s members, its board and its management team build on the successes of Matt’s term, so as to achieve the RJC’s mission: to advance responsible ethical, social and environmental practices, which respect human rights, throughout the diamond, gold and platinum group metals jewellery supply chain, from mine to retail.”

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