Yuen, who has been a member of the ICA Board for four years and chaired the ICA China Task Force prior to his election, replaces Australia’s Ian Cody of Cody Opals who was ICA president from 2007-2009.
The other members appointed to ICA’s 2009-11 board include Jean Claude Michelou (Colombia), Charles Abouchar (Switzerland), Michael Haag (Germany), Benjamin Hackman (US), Clement Sabbagh (Brazil), Campbell Bridges (Kenya), Sushil Goyal (US), Nobuyuki Horiuchi (Japan) and Phuket Khunaprapakorn (Thailand).
Yuen said the ICA board is comprised of members from every major gemstone producing country as well as the consuming countries in the world bringing together a distinct mix of expertise and knowledge.
“I am extremely pleased with the composition of the new Board,” he said.
“We have many dedicated industry professionals who are willing to work on behalf of ICA and the colored gemstone industry. Each of them brings a unique perspective to the ICA for setting our goals and defining our strategies over the next two years.”
Yuen’s appointment was announced on the last day of the ICA Congress in China where the winner of the ICA’s 5th International Poster Competition was also announced.