De Beers Group has appointed four people to its executive committee: Riaan Burger, Rasila (Ras) Vaghjiani, Malebogo Mpugwa, and Ryan Perry—while veteran De Beers exec Neil Ventura (pictured) is leaving the company.
Burger is the CEO of Namdeb, the joint venture between De Beers and the government of Namibia.
Vaghjiani—currently De Beers’ senior vice president of transformation and human resources for its brands and consumer markets and corporate functions departments—will become its executive vice president of transformation.
Mpugwa, currently head of talent, organizational effectiveness, and learning for De Beers Group, will become De Beers’ executive head of human resources.
She replaces Joy Roman, who will become head of human resources for Anglo American’s technical and sustainability function. Anglo American is De Beers’ parent company.
Roman has been with De Beers since 2021.
Perry will move from head of strategy for De Beers Group to become acting executive vice president of strategy and innovation. He replaces longtime De Beers exec Neil Ventura, who has “decided to move on and pursue other interests,” the company said.
In a statement, Cleaver said Ventura, who has worked for De Beers for three decades, “has made a significant contribution to De Beers’ success in that time, including transforming our auctions business, helping shape our group-wide strategy, developing our innovation approach, and shepherding key strategic initiatives such as Lightbox and Tracr through their incubation phase.”
Ventura, who also headed De Beers subsidiary Diamdel and its auction sales division, had been on the company’s executive committee since 2017.
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