HRD Antwerp terminated its contract with chief executive officer Peter Macken after less than 18 months because of “differing strategic views.”
The grading laboratory’s board appointed Ari Epstein, CEO of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, as its interim CEO. Epstein is the fifth person to lead HRD in four and a half years.
Epstein, an HRD board member, has also been appointed president of the laboratory’s board of directors. The AWDC is the primary shareholder of HRD.
Macken, who left with immediate effect, is the latest in a string of chiefs to exit HRD in less than five years.