RJC initiates search for new chairperson

In a decisive move, the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) officially commenced the search for a new chairperson on January 4, 2024.

Written by Jewellery World

In a decisive move, the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) officially commenced the search for a new chairperson on January 4, 2024. Tasked with steering the organisation and its ever-expanding membership into the future, the prospective chair is expected to bring a clear vision to navigate the changing dynamics of the modern jewellery industry—from mining to retail, encompassing fine jewellery and watches.

The search follows the imminent departure of David Bouffard, who has served as the RJC chair for the past six years. Set to step down on April 30, 2024, Bouffard leaves behind a legacy of growth and development within the organisation. Reflecting on his tenure, he stated, “It has been an honour to serve as the Chair of the RJC for almost six years—a truly rewarding experience given that I have been involved since the beginning of the RJC, with Signet as a founding member.”

Bouffard expressed confidence in the RJC’s future under the leadership of Melanie Grant, the current executive director, who brings over 20 years of experience and is internationally recognised as a leading authority in the jewellery sector.

Acknowledging the diversity achieved during his term, Bouffard thanked the board of directors for their commitment to the RJC’s vision. The organisation now boasts its most diverse team, representing Europe, Asia, and America, with members fluent in 16 different languages. This commitment to diversity positions the RJC to nominate a strong and varied slate of candidates for the upcoming chair election.

The election for the new RJC chair takes on special significance as it runs on a separate track from the main board elections. The nomination period, initiated on January 4, 2024, will run until January 27, with the voting process scheduled for February 2024. The new chairperson is set to be elected in March 2024, allowing for a seamless transition from David Bouffard’s leadership to that of the newly elected successor.

As the RJC looks toward the future, the industry is keenly anticipating the possibility of electing its first female chair since the council’s inception in 2005.

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