Diamonds / Industry

Diavik Diamond Mine Appoints First Female President


Rio Tinto has named Angela Bigg (pictured) president and chief operating officer of the Diavik Diamond Mine.

Bigg previously served as general manager of operations of Diavik, the mine located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. She will be the first woman to lead the mine and its 1,100 employees.

In November, Rio Tinto became sole owner of the mine. It was previously a 60-40 split between majority owner Rio and Dominion Diamond Corp.

Bigg joined Diavik in November 2017 as vice president of finance. She began her career with Rio Tinto in 2005 and has worked for the company in Mozambique, South Africa, and her native country of Australia.

She succeeds Richard Storrie, who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities, the company said. Storrie has worked for Rio Tinto 26 years.

“Angela has a deep knowledge of our people and our operations, as well as established relationships with local communities,” said Rio Tinto minerals chief executive Sinead Kaufman in a statement. “I’m delighted she will be Diavik’s first female president.”

(Photo courtesy of Rio Tinto)

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By: Rob Bates

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