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Former De Beers Exec François Delage Joins GIA Board 

GradingJan 31, 2024

Former De Beers Exec François Delage Joins GIA Board 

He brings more than three decades of experience in global luxury, fashion, and jewelry retail.

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The Gemological Institute of America recently welcomed former De Beers executive François Delage to its board of governors.
Carlsbad, Calif.—The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has added François Delage to its board of governors. 

Delage has more than three decades of experience in global luxury, fashion and jewelry retail. 

Most recently, he was the CEO of high-end real estate business Barnes International. Prior to that, he was the CEO of fine jewelry business Adorisa Group. 

Before that, Delage was the CEO of De Beers’ Forevermark diamond brand. From 2009 until 2020, he was the CEO of De Beers Jewellers in London. 

He got his start at Louis Vuitton in the finance division, serving as its finance director for EMEA in 1995. He was named general manager for LVMH fashion brands in 1999, when he was based in Guam. In 2001, he was named president of Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific and based in Hong Kong. 

He holds a business degree in management and finance from the European Business School. 

“To keep advancing our consumer protection mission, GIA works to understand what gem and jewelry consumers in global markets want and what they need to have confidence in their purchases,” said Lisa Locklear, chair of the GIA board of governors.  

“With his broad international experience and deep understanding of luxury and jewelry markets and consumers, François Delage is an outstanding addition to the board.” 

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GIA President and CEO Susan Jacques also welcomed Delage to the board. 

“We rely on our governors for their insight, wisdom and strategic guidance as we work every day to protect consumers and support the industry,” she said. 

The board’s role is to help direct GIA’s strategy and vision and ensure its financial obligations are met. 

“I am pleased and honored to join the GIA board of governors, and I look forward to working with the other Governors and GIA management to advance the Institute’s important mission and help secure its continued success well into the future,” said Delage. 

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