Dominion Diamond chairman Robert Gannicott has returned to the company after an extended medical leave, and Brendan Bell is now permanent CEO.
Bell has served as acting CEO since Gannicott went on leave in November. Gannicott formerly served as both CEO and chairman. His new role will be nonexecutive chairman, as he will need further time for recovery, the company said.
Before being appointed CEO, Bell served as executive vice president, community affairs. Bell has a government background, including eight years’ service in Canada’s Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly and terms as Minister Responsible for Energy and Mines and Attorney General in the Government of the Northwest Territories.
The company—formerly called Harry Winston when it owned that retailer—owns 89 percent of the Ekati mine and 40 percent of the Diavik mine, both in Canada’s Northwest Territories.