De Beers Group as announced the appointment of Bruce Cleaver as CEO, following Philippe Mellier’s decision to step down from the role after five years with the company.
Cleaver – who will begin his role on 1 July – serviced as De Beers’ executive director and was responsible for strategy and commercial relationships until 2015. He also served as co-acting CEO for a year prior to Mellier’s appointment in 2011.
He was also appointed group director of strategy and business development for Anglo American, De Beers’ parent company, in 2015.
Speaking of his appointment, Cleaver said: “I am honoured to be asked to lead one of the world’s great companies. Diamonds are as relevant to today’s consumers, all over the world, as they were to their parents and their parents before them.”
Mark Cutifani, chief executive of Anglo American and chairman of De Beers, said: “Together with our partners in De Beers, we congratulate Bruce Cleaver on his appointment as CEO of De Beers Group following Philippe Mellier’s decision to step down.