De Beers Shuf­fles Global Sightholder Sales’ Se­nior Man­age­ment

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De Beers an­nounced new ap­point­ments to the po­si­tions of se­nior vice pres­i­dent of sightholder sales and se­nior vice pres­i­dent of prod­uct plan­ning at its Global Sightholder Sales busi­ness.

Nigel Sim­son will move from his cur­rent role as se­nior vice pres­i­dent of sightholder sales to head up the new prod­uct plan­ning func­tion that will es­tab­lish closer in­te­gra­tion be­tween sales, prod­uct plan­ning and prod­uct de­liv­ery, en­abling the de­liv­ery of more tai­lored prod­uct and ser­vice of­fer­ings for rough di­a­mond cus­tomers.

Bernard Bradley will take over from Nigel as se­nior vice pres­i­dent of sightholder sales in early Septem­ber, bring­ing with him a note­wor­thy track record of strength­en­ing cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ences and re­la­tion­ships from a num­ber of se­nior in­ter­na­tional sales roles.

Nigel and Bernard, who will both be based in Gaborone, Botswana, will work closely with Paul Row­ley and the se­nior man­age­ment team at Global Sightholder Sales to con­tinue im­prov­ing the busi­ness’s abil­ity to an­tic­i­pate and re­spond to cus­tomer needs as it pro­gresses on De Beers’ path to be­com­ing even more cus­tomer-cen­tric.

Paul Row­ley, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of Global Sightholder Sales, said: “I am proud of how our sales team has per­formed ever since the busi­ness re­lo­cated to Botswana and we have achieved great suc­cess. How­ever, the world con­tin­ues to change rapidly and we need to adopt learn­ings from both in­side and out­side the sec­tor. I am there­fore de­lighted to wel­come Bernard, whose ex­ter­nal ex­pe­ri­ence will per­fectly com­ple­ment our out­stand­ing in­ter­nal ex­per­tise and in­sight.

“I’m equally de­lighted that Nigel will lead our new prod­uct plan­ning func­tion. With his un­ri­valled breadth of knowl­edge across cus­tomers, prod­ucts and pro­cesses, he is ide­ally Bernard Bradley (left) will take over from Nigel Sim­son (right) as se­nior vice pres­i­dent of sightholder sales. placed to work along­side Bernard and the rest of the team to con­tinue im­prov­ing our of­fer­ing to cus­tomers.”

Sim­son said: “As we have con­tin­ued to an­a­lyse how best to ad­dress our cus­tomers’ needs, it’s be­come clearer that we needed to in­te­grate dif­fer­ent parts of the or­gan­i­sa­tion more closely in or­der to an­tic­i­pate and meet cus­tomer re­quire­ments even more ef­fec­tively. It’s a real priv­i­lege to have the chance to lead the newly cre­ated func­tion re­spon­si­ble for this work and I be­lieve we can add real value to cus­tomers’ busi­nesses through more tai­lored of­fer­ings.”

Bernard Bradley added: “The op­por­tu­nity to join De Beers was one I sim­ply couldn’t turn down. The di­a­mond industry has some amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties on the hori­zon and I’m very ex­cited to have the chance to work with the world’s lead­ing di­a­mond ex­perts and most suc­cess­ful di­a­mond com­pa­nies. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Paul, Nigel, the rest of the team and the en­tire cus­tomer com­mu­nity.”

Bradley will join the or­gan­i­sa­tion early in Septem­ber 2016.

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