LSE-listed Gem Diamonds and Canadian diamond junior Lucara Diamond Corp have both made new appointments within senior management roles.
Johnny Velloza, currently the COO of Gem Diamonds has been appointed deputy CEO of the company, effective 2 May 2018. Velloza will also join the company’s board with effect from 1 July 2018 and will continue to be responsible for the company’s operations.
Gem Diamonds owns the Letšeng mine in the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, famous for the production of large, top colour, exceptional white diamonds, and the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana (was placed on care and maintenance in February 2017).
Meanwhile, Lucara Diamond Corp. has appointed Naseem Lahri as MD of Boteti Mining – Lucara’s 100% owned subsidiary in Botswana, effective immediately.
In her expanded role as MD OF Boteti Mining, Lahri will have oversight in all aspects of the business and as a matter of priority, will be working closely with Boteti’s General Manager Johane Mchive, appointed in 2017, to help drive improved performance at the Karowe diamond mine.
Commenting on the appointment CEO Eira Thomas notes that Lahari the first woman and the first Motswana woman to serve in this capacity for a diamond company in Botswana. “Lahri combines the skills, experience and depth of knowledge to ably lead our business interests in Botswana, and I am confident that under her stewardship, the maximum, long term value of our Karowe diamond mine will be realised, to the benefit of all stakeholders,” says Thomas.