2017’s diamond Merry-Go-Round


A who’s who of the appointments and disappointments in the industry this year. The past year has seen a number of changes in management-level employees within the diamond industry. Here’s a breakdown of the new faces and departures for 2017

ALROSA CEO Andrey Zharkov stepped down to be succeeded by former Sberbank senior vice president Sergey Ivanov.

Blue Nile replaced former CEO Harvey Kanter with James Goldberger, former president and chief digital officer of Target.

Patrick Evans (pictured, left) resigned as Mountain Province Diamonds CEO, with David Whittle taking over as interim CEO. Evans was subsequently named CEO of Dominion Diamond Mines, following the departure of Brendan Bell earlier in the year.

The Dubai Diamond Exchange announced Peter Meeus would leave his role as chairman of the bourse in January 2018. Ahmed Bin Sulayem (below), chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), will take over.

Jewelers of America elected John Henne, president of Henne Jewelers, as its new chairman.

Tiffany Stevens, former chief operating officer at the Sohn Conference Foundation, became CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, as Cecilia Gardner left the position.

The World Diamond Council appointed Stéphane Fischler, president of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), as president, as Andrey Polyakov departed.

David Block, deputy CEO and chief operating officer of Sarine Technologies, took over from Uzi Levami as the company’s CEO.

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