A veteran of the coloured gemstone industry and an African by birth, Ian has held a unique passion and interest in gemstones since childhood. The decision to combine his proven business leadership and marketing skills with his knowledge of mining, his African heritage and his acute love of gemstones has led to the dynamic transformation of the coloured gemstone sector, the pioneering of many of the industry’s most innovative strategies and the respect of his peers.
Need to know
Gemfields (LSE:GEM) is the world’s leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones, specialising in emeralds and amethysts from Zambia and rubies from Mozambique, Gemfields oversees the mining and marketing of coloured gemstones from some of the world’s finest gemstones deposits and it does so responsibly and transparently. Positioned at the intersection of mining, marketing, exploration and ethics, Gemfields supports the delivery of a consistent supply of high-quality coloured gemstones to jewellers, manufacturers and luxury brands worldwide. In January 2013, Gemfields acquired Fabergé – aligning the world’s largest coloured gemstone producer with one of the most recognisable and iconic heritage brands of all time, to create what can readily be described as a true global coloured gemstone champion.