The grading & certification lab HRD Antwerp is gearing up for a major restructuring with a fresh vision on the future. Its parent company, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), has approved the revitalization strategy proposed by HRD’s new CEO Ellen Joncheere, who was hired a month ago to turn the company around and appears ready to take the bull by the horns. “HRD Antwerp urgently needs to adapt to a changing environment if it is going to grow," she says.
Two members of Alrosa’s executive committee are leaving the Russian diamond miner: Deputy CEO Yury Okoemov, who has most recently supervised the work of Alrosa's diamond cutting complex, and Head of the Legal Department Alexander Matveev. The departures came about by mutual agreement, the company confirmed in a press release.
The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) board of directors has fired seven senior officials as it seeks to rebuild public and market confidence following allegations of rampant corruption and abuse of office by the executive, Zimbabwe newspapers reported yesterday. Chief Operating Officer Roberto De Pretto, a South African mining veteran who spent the majority of his career at De Beers and Anglo American before becoming COO at Diamcor and then ZCDC, will take over as acting CEO from Morris Mpofu.
Pandora's Chairman of the Board Peder Tuborgh has told the company to start looking for someone to take over his position in 2019, as he plans to end his nearly five year tenure as the Danish jewerly maker's chair. "Once our new CEO, Alexander Lacik, has been onboarded and we start to see traction from [the new marketing and merchandising strategy] Programme NOW, the foundation for a successful brand turnaround will be in place. it will be time for me to hand over the baton to a new chairman,” Tuborgh said.
Petra Diamonds has appointed highly experienced mining vet Richard Duffy as the new CEO of the company, which has seen its debt pile up amid expansion efforts and watched its shares tumble in recent months. CEO Johan Dippenaar announced his departure last September after 12 years at the helm and has remained with Petra as they sought a suitable replacement. Duffy will officially take over on 1 April 2019.
The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) has appointed Kristina Buckley Kayel (pictured) as the managing director of its North American division, it announced yesterday, January 3. Kayal will be responsible for developing and implementing the DPA’s consumer marketing and communications strategy, with a focus upon the “Real is Rare. Real is a Diamond.” platform, as well as represent the DPA in local trades and organizations within North America. She will assumes her new role on February 4, 2019.
Dominion Diamond Mines CEO Patrick Evans has left the company after just over a year at the helm. The former chief executive of Mountain Province Diamonds, a position he held for twelve years, was brought in to lead the the world's third largest diamond producer by market value and Canada’s largest independent diamond producer after last year's $1.2 billion acquisition by billionaire Dennis Washington of Washington Companies. Shane Durgin, Dominion’s chief operating officer, took over as CEO effective Dec. 7. Evans plans to stay on as an adviser until the end of 2019.
Stornoway Diamond Corporation has announced that Matt Manson will step down as President and CEO of the Corporation, effective January 1, 2019, and will be succeeded by Mr. Patrick Godin. Mr. Godin is currently the Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer, and has served in this role since 2010. So as to achieve an orderly transition in 2019, Mr. Manson will provide support to Mr. Godin as he assumes his new role.
The longstanding Managing Director of Baselworld, Sylvie Ritter, has decided to step down from her position at the MCH Group, which runs Baselworld. Michel Loris-Melikoff, who has until now held the position of Director of MCH Beaulieu Lausanne SA, will succeed her. The Group says that Ritter decided to hand over the management of the World Watch and Jewellery Show: "After 26 years with the MCH Group – 15 of which were as Managing Director of Baselworld – it's time for me to start something new and take on new challenges", says Sylvie Ritter in explaining her decision.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced a series of senior appointments to its Board of Directors as the organisation continues to strengthen its position as the jewellery industry’s foremost standards setting and certification body. The appointments were announced at the RJC’s Annual General Meeting in Moscow on Thursday, 17 May.
The three newly appointed Officers of the Board of Directors are:
Just a day after Firestone Diamonds announced that Stuart Brown was stepping down as its CEO and Director, handing the reins to Paul Bosma, Mountain Province Diamonds has announced Stuart Brown's appointment as the new President and Chief Executive Officer, with effect from July 1, 2018. Brown will be taking over for David Whittle, who has served as Interim CEO since last June.
Firestone Diamonds, a new diamond producer with operations focused in Lesotho, announced that Paul Bosma has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer with effect from July 1 2018, following Stuart Brown's decision to step down as CEO and Director of the company. Firestone writes in its statement that Paul Bosma has more than 24 years' experience in the mining industry, of which 14 years have been in the diamond sector where he worked for De Beers. He joined Firestone in 2014 as the Mineral Resources Manager and in 2016 became General Manager of Liqhobong mine.
London-based Gem Diamonds, a leading global producer of high value diamonds whose main resource is the Letšeng mine in the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho (70% ownership), and Canadian junior Lucara Diamonds, which sports a similar profile with its 100% owned high-value Karowe Mine in Botswana, have made new appointments in their senior management. Gem Diamonds announced that Johnny Velloza, currently Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective May 2 2018.
Canada’s Lucara Diamond announced that effective today, William Lamb will be retiring as Lucara's Chief Executive Officer and stepping down from the Board of Directors. Eira Thomas, a founder and director of the Company will be assuming the position of CEO.
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), the industry organization representing the interests of 1,600 diamond companies in Antwerp, has appointed Nishit (Bali) Parikh as its new President, replacing outgoing President Stéphane Fischler. The Board of Directors also appointed Freddy Inzlicht and Samir Mehta as Vice-Presidents, respectively representing the bourses and the trade.
De Beers Group today announced three changes to its Executive Committee. Neil Ventura, currently Executive Vice-President, Auction Sales, will become Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Innovation. Paul Rowley, currently Executive Vice-President, Global Sightholder Sales, will become Executive Vice-President, Diamond Trading. Alessandra Berridge, currently Lead Legal Counsel for M&A at Anglo American, will become Executive Vice-President, Commercial and Partnerships.
ALROSA President Sergey Ivanov signed an order on disciplinary sanctions to the company management who committed violations of industrial safety requirements that conduced to the disaster at Mir mine on August 4, 2017. Director and Chief Engineer of ALROSA’s Mirny Mining and Processing Division are suspended from their positions with subsequent dismissal from the company. On the financial side, net income fell 51% year on year to $219.6 million (RUB 12.95 billion) for the three months ending September 30.
Dominion Diamond Corporation and The Washington Companies yesterday announced the completion of the latter's takeover of the Canadian diamond miner, officially acquiring all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Dominion for US$14.25 per share in cash. In total it amounted to a $1.2 billion acquisition. Dominion will operate as a standalone, private company, and Patrick Evans has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
Reuters news agency reports that Patrick Evans, the former chief executive of Mountain Province Diamonds, will become the new CEO of Dominion Diamond Corp once a deal to purchase the Canadian diamond company closes later this year, he said on Wednesday. Dominion, the world's third largest diamond producer by market value, has been looking for a CEO since January when its former head, Brendan Bell, quit. Last month Dominion agreed to a $1.2 billion takeover offer from U.S. billionaire Dennis Washington that will take private the Canadian-based diamond miner.
Palllinghurst Resources, following its recent takeover of Gemfields, has appointed Sean Gilbertson as new CEO for the colored gemstone miner as it commences the acquisition process. The move follows the resignation of Gemfields' non-executive directors, including that of CEO Ian Harebottle, who has held the position for the last eight years. Harebottle, as well as the resigning board members, was highly crititical of the takeover, saying it "significantly undervalued" the company.
Jewelers of America has elected Pittsburgh jeweler John Henne, president of Pittsburgh-based Henne Jewelers, as its next board chairman, succeeding Ryan Berg. Henne has managed Henne Jewelers, which his great-grandfather opened in 1887, since 1998. He oversees all aspects of the business, including diamond procurement, accounting, sales and marketing. JA President and CEO David J.
Signet Jewelers Limited today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Virginia "Gina" C. Drosos, who has served as an independent director of the Company’s Board since 2012, as the new Chief Executive Officer of Signet, effective August 1, 2017. She is taking over the reins from Mark Light, who has served as CEO of Signet since 2014; he decided to retire after more than 35 years with the company due to health reasons, the company said in a statement.
Members of ALROSA Supervisory Board voted to re-elect Anton Siluanov, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation, as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, the company announced in a press release last Friday. Siluanov has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2014 and Chairman since 2015. He is also Chairman of the Supervisory Council of VTB Bank, member of the Board of Directors of Russian Export Center, the Board of Governors of the New Development Bank and a long list of other appointments.
Tiffany & Co. announcd Thursday that it has named veteran luxury industry executive Alessandro Bogliolo as its next chief executive officer. Bogliolo most recently served four years as the chief executive of apparel and accessories company Diesel, and his resume includes 16 years at luxury jeweler, Bulgari, including in the roles of chief operating officer and executive VP of Jewelry, Watches & Accessories.
Mountain Province Diamonds - a 49% participant with De Beers Canada in the Gahcho Kué diamond mine - today announced that CEO Patrick Evans has left the company, and has appointed David Whittle as interim president and CEO. According to a company statement, Evans' departure was a mutual decision. Evans served as CEO of Mountain Province for 11 years, and will continue as a director of the company as well as provide assistance to facilitate the transitional period.
Diversified miner and 85% owner of De Beers, Anglo American, has appointed Stuart Chambers to succeed John Parker as the miner's next chairman and carry on with its overhaul, the company announced in a press release. Mr. Chambers does not bring mining experience to Anglo; rather he was Chairman of UK-based IT and IP (intellectual property) firm ARM Holdings and of multinational consumer packaging company Rexam plc (now Ball Corporation) until 2016.
The 36-year-old son of one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close allies, Sergey Ivanov, acknowledges that some people may be skeptical about how he landed his latest job as CEO of the world's largest diamond mining company, write Bloomberg reporters Yuliya Fedorinova and Irina Reznik, but he is learning the trade and, "plans to win over investors by focusing on reducing costs at the state-controlled diamond producer." And his cost-cutting starts at the top, as Ivanov says he, "reduced my salary and overall compensation by 20 percent" and apparently declined certain benefits t
Singapore’s Sarine Technologies announced that former CEO of De Beers Diamond Trading Company (DTC) Varda Shine is to join the Board of Directors as an independent director. Shine’s position is subject to approval at Sarine’s annual general meeting to be held on April 25.
Tiffany & Co. announced it would appoint three new independent directors to join its board of directors, making a total of 13 members. Roger Farah, James Lillie and Francesco Trapani will join the board as part of an agreement between Tiffany and stakeholders Jana Partners. “We are excited to be adding such distinguished directors to our Board as part of our ongoing process to refresh the Board, and we are pleased to have worked cooperatively with JANA Partners to have met our objective,” says Chairman Michael Kowalski.
179-year-old Tiffany & Co. has made headlines recently, launching a new ad campaign featuring Lady Gaga - who rocked the Super Bowl halftime show - and quietly dropping CEO Frederic Cumenal. Cumenal was let go due to his inability to turn around the dropping sales figures since taking over in April 2015.
Tiffany & Co.’s Chief Executive Officer, Frederic Cumenal, has decided to step down from his post. The Board of Directors is actively searching for a successor, but until then, former CEO Michael J. Kowalski will serve as Interim CEO while continuing as Chairman of the Board of Directors. In a statement, the company said the decision was based on its disappointing financial results and that the brand needed to improve its performance.
Upscale jeweler Tiffany & Co. has appointed Mark Erceg to become its next executive vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for the company's worldwide financial, indirect procurement and information technology functions. His appointment will become effective on October 18. He replaces Tiffany's former chief financial officer who left in May. Erceg comes to Tiffany's from outside the jewelry industry, having been the CFO and executive vice president at Canadian Pacific Railway since May 2015.
Rockwell Diamonds Inc. said that James Campbell, the Chief Executive Officer, has tendered his resignation and in an unrelated development, that Stephen Dietrich and Rick Menell have also tendered their resignations as directors. A special board committee undertook a strategic review on August 28 with the aim of evaluating the positioning of Rockwell as well as the effectiveness of defined strategies that were recently implemented by the company.
De Beers has appointed Nigel Simson, currently Senior Vice President of Sightholder Sales, to head a new product planning role, Senior Vice President of Product Planning, that aims to establish closer integration between sales, product planning, and product delivery "enabling the delivery of more tailored product and service offerings for rough diamond customers". Bernard Bradley will take over from Simson as Senior Vice President of Sightholder Sales. They will both be based in Gaborone, Botswana, and will work closely with Paul Rowley, Executive Vice President of Sightholder Sales.
Russian diamond miner ALROSA plans to increase its reserves by 50.4 million carats this year, ITS head geologist, Konstantin Garanin, said in an interview for the corporate publication Vestnik Alrosa, AS REPORTED BY Interfax. The growth will come about by exploration of the Zarya field and follow up exploration at the Aikhal and Verkhne-Munsoye fields, he said.
Overall financing for geological exploration by the ALROSA group will total close to $100 million in 2016.
De Beers Group CEO Philippe Mellier is stepping down after five years with the company and will be replaced by Bruce Cleaver with the new appointment taking effect on July 1. Philippe Mellier said: “As I committed at the outset in 2011, I envisaged a five year plan with the team and the Board to reset De Beers on its current path.
Pure Grown Diamonds CEO Lisa Bissell has left the company after two years, a spokesperson told JCK. Formerly known as Gemesis, the privately held company based in New York manufactures Type IIa, gem-quality laboratory grown diamonds and manufactures jewelry. Bissell’s two-year contract had ended, the company said, while not providing any details on her replacement. It also said that it has taken on 35-year industry veteran Alan Cohen as vice president of sales.
Tiffany & Co. Chief Financial Officer Ralph Nicoletti will leave the company at the end of next week, just two years after joining the luxury jewelry retailer, to become the finance chief at a non-jewelry firm. Nicoletti’s resignation is effective as of May 20. Nicoletti’s total compensation at Tiffany in 2015 was $2.7 million, compared with $5.7 million in 2014, his first year at the company, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Dominion Diamond Corp said that Robert Gannicott has retired as Chairman, with Jim Gowans appointed as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors with immediate effect. Gannicott will remain as a director of the company. Gowans was appointed to the Board of Directors on January 13. He has extensive operational experience in many aspects of the mining industry, including exploration, major projects, operations and human resources as well as extensive leadership experience both in Canada and internationally. Gannicott headed the firm for 12 years.
Diamond firm Hearts On Fire (HOF) has appointed luxury industry veteran Stephane Barraque as its new Global Chief Revenue Officer. The role was created to lead all commercial activities for Hearts On Fire globally, and support the further development of the brand globally through wholesale, retail, e-commerce, and joint venture channels. With more than 25 years of experience in the development of luxury brands, Barraque will also be responsible for identifying new global business opportunities.