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De Beers Appoints New Human Resources Director


Joy Roman (pictured) has been appointed the De Beers Group’s new executive head of human resources.

She replaces Ann Cormack, who has held the role since 2017 and is leaving the job to “pursue new opportunities outside the business,” a statement said.

Roman will take over the role on March 22. She will work remotely from the United States until later this year.

Roman was most recently chief human resources officer and senior vice president for Toll Brothers, a Fortune 500 U.S.-based luxury homebuilder (which was involved in a dispute last year with businesses in the Philadelphia jewelry district).

Before joining Toll Brothers, Roman spent 10 years at 3M, the consumer goods and health care company, where she served in a variety of human resources and strategy roles across the U.S. and Asia. Her last role there was as equity and executive compensation manager, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Prior to 3M, she worked for two years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Roman holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver said in a statement: “As we continue to evolve the business to ensure we are in the best position to capitalize on the opportunities ahead of us, and as we continue to build an even more diverse organization, Joy will play a key role in driving our people strategy.”

He thanked Cormack for leading the “change-related parts of our transformation program last year” and for “playing a key role in developing our response to COVID-19 at the outset of the pandemic—at a time when we knew very little about the virus but had to take bold action early to keep our people safe.”

JCK interviewed Cleaver about De Beers’ most recent financial results last week.

(Photo courtesy of De Beers Group)

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By: Rob Bates

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