De Beers Forevermark brand CEO Stephen Lussier has taken over as chairman of the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) from Jean-Marc Lieberherr, a spokesperson for the DPA confirmed to Rapaport News. Lieberherr stepped down from the role after leaving his post as managing director of Rio Tinto's diamond unit. He had been appointed DPA chairman last October several months after the body was established.
The DPA is composed of seven of the major diamond-mining companies with the aim of enhancing consumer demand for diamonds. Its board members include representatives of ALROSA, De Beers, Rio Tinto, Dominion Diamond Corp, Lucara Diamond Corp, Petra Diamonds and Gem Diamonds.