Diamonds / Industry

Former De Beers Exec Kendall Joins Board Of Security Company


Opsydia, a diamond security company, has appointed former De Beers exec Jonathan Kendall (pictured) to its board of directors as a non-executive director.

In his new role, Kendall will helped guide Opsydia’s international strategy and will provide the United Kingdom–based company with insights on regulatory and industry bodies in the diamond sector, as well as fuel expansion opportunities in the United States, India, southern Africa, and China.

Kendall has worked in the industry for two decades. His last role was as president of De Beers Group Industry Services and the Institute of Diamonds for five years. He retired from De Beers in November 2020.

He has also held roles at CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, for nearly 15 years, and will continue to serve as that group’s executive vice president. He was appointed to that role in March.

The Opsydia system is based on cutting-edge laser technology developed at the University of Oxford. It can place unique identity features in all diamond sizes, even melee stones of just 0.5 mm in diameter. It is capable of processing 50,000 to 100,000 stones per year, the company said.

 (Photo courtesy of Opysdia)


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By: Rob Bates

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