The Gemesis Corporation appointed Stephen D. Lux as its CEO and president effective immediately. Gemesis is a leading producer of laboratory-grown diamonds.
Lux’s previous position was as group vice president and general manager of the Engelhard Corporation, a surface and materials science company that provides environmental technologies, specialty chemical and performance products.
He led an $800 million operating division providing pigments for cosmetic, automotive and architectural applications. He directed five separate global business units and held the dual role of general manager for one of the most profitable and highest growth business unit of Engelhard. His responsibilities included managing 2,800 employees, 12 manufacturing sites including three overseas and three research facilities, and seven sales and distribution centers located globally.
“Offering a new product in itself is a challenge, but when that product also represents a new product category in a traditional industry, the challenge is magnified,” Lux said. “I look forward to leading Gemesis into the future of rapid growth and a sustained position of market leadership with an expanded array of exquisite laboratory-grown diamonds.”