Oppenheimer, Lamont Retire

Anthony Oppenheimer, former president of the now-defunct Central Selling Organisation and second cousin to De Beers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer, recently retired from the company. Also leaving is longtime spokesman Andrew Lamont, familiar to U.S. retailers for his good-natured fielding of trade press questions. Oppenheimer held a variety of top-level positions at De Beers. He is the son of the late Sir Philip Oppenheimer, known as one of De Beers' most skilled negotiators, and grandson of Otto Oppenheimer, brother of cartel architect Ernest. Besides his second cousin, Oppenheimer still has family at De Beers—Stephen Lussier, the company's marketing director and one of the architects of its new direction, is married to Oppenheimer's daughter Sophie. Lamont leaves the company after some 24 years of service. He is the third veteran De Beers spokesman to depart in the last two years.

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