Opsydia, the diamond security group, has announced the appointment of Jonathan Kendall to the group’s non-executive board of directors.
In the new role, which is set to commence immediately, Kendall will be tasked with contributing towards the firm’s international strategy, as well as advocating for Opsydia’s solutions and its commercial benefits across the diamond pipeline.
Kendall will also be responsible for advising the group with insights on regulatory and industry bodies in the sector.
Andrew Rimmer, CEO at Opsydia, said: “I am sure that Jonathan’s professional knowledge of the natural diamond sector, coupled with his leadership expertise, will give Opsydia a unique advantage and will help to spread the word of our innovative sub-surface laser technology.
“With his support, Opsydia can continue to provide solutions for businesses ready to take the next steps in diamond security and bolster their traceability and transparency initiatives.”
Prior to joining Opsydia’s board of directors, Kendall acted as president of De Beers Group industry services and the institute of diamonds for five years.
He has also spent almost 15 years at CIBJO, and will continue to serve as the jewellery federation’s executive vice president.
Kendall said: “I look forward to working with Andrew and the Opsydia team in developing new strategies and supporting the company’s goals over the coming months.
“Thanks to a number of important partnerships, Opsydia is experiencing real market momentum and I look forward to playing a role in strengthening the diamond industry’s approach to security and empowering transparency and accurate disclosure initiatives in the diamond pipeline.”