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De Beers Exec Neil Ventura Leaves As It Promotes 4


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.

riaan burger
Riaan Burger

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.

Rasila Vaghjiani
Rasila Vaghjiani

Mpugwa, currently head of talent, organizational effectiveness, and learning for De Beers Group, will become De Beers’ executive head of human resources.

malebogo mpugwa
Malebogo Mpugwa

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.

Ryan Perry
Ryan Perry

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.

Photos courtesy of De Beers Group

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By: Rob Bates

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