The Responsible Jewellery Council has announced that James Courage, Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International (PGI), will succeed Dr. Matt Runci as RJC Chairman. Courage's appointment was unanimously endorsed by the RJC Board at its recent meeting, and he will assume the position of RJC Chairman-elect upon Matt Runci's retirement at on December 31, 2012.
Courage has more than 30 years of extensive experience in the jewelry industry, with De Beers in the 1980s and from 1996 with the Platinum Guild. He has worked and lived in Europe, Africa and Asia. He will be formally confirmed as Chairman by the full RJC membership at the RJC's Annual General Meeting in May next year.
"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 short list, and conducting interviews amongst that short-list, had no hesitation in proposing James to the Board," states Runci, who served as RJC Chairman for almost eight years.
Commenting on his appointment, Courage says: "I am fortunate to be assuming the chairman's role of an organisation exhibiting exceptional institutional health... 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," concludes Courage.