Former Rockwell Diamonds CEO James Campbell will predominantly be based in Johannesburg and will work closely with Botswana Diamonds’s 50/50 joint venture partner Alrosa on the companies’ Orapa and Gope licences and with the Maibwe shareholders on the Gope discovery.
Botswana Diamonds said Campbell is a respected leader in the diamond industry, with over 30-years’ experience in working with exploration, development and production companies. He previously worked with the Botswana Diamonds directors at African Diamonds, where he was key to the discovery and development of the Karowe mine.
Following the acquisition of African Diamonds by TSX-listed Lucara Diamond Corp, Campbell became new business VP of Lucara, where he played a key role in developing the mine.
In recent years, as CEO of Rockwell Diamonds, he oversaw the development of a number of alluvial diamond mines in South Africa.
He also spent over twenty years with De Beers where he eventually held the position of general manager for advanced exploration and resource delivery.
Campbell holds a degree in mining and exploration geology from the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College, London University) and an MBA with distinction from Durham University. He is a fellow of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Materials (UK), a fellow of the South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, Chartered Engineer (UK), Chartered Scientist (UK), a Professional Natural Scientist (RSA) and a fellow of the Institute of Directors of South Africa.
“We are absolutely delighted that James Campbell has decided to join Botswana Diamonds. He brings a wealth of experience and skills in the diamond industry, which I believe will help drive our joint ventures with Alrosa forward. James will also work closely with our shareholders in Maibwe on the Gope discovery as we seek to expand our current portfolio of diamond exploration projects,” says Botswana Diamonds chairman John Teeling.