WDC Launches Global Hunt For Executive Director
The World Diamond Council (WDC) has initiated an international search for an executive director to head the organisation, under the authority of the WDC president and executive committee. It will be the first time that the industry organisation dedicated to the elimination of trade in conflict diamonds will be headed by a salaried administrator.
The new WDC executive director will have responsibility for the day-to-day management of the organisation, including managing the budget and membership drives, providing strategic direction, liaising with government, stakeholders and other organisations, and representing the WDC in the Kimberley Process and several of its committees.
To fill the position, the WDC has invited applications from individuals with a minimum of 10 years’ administrative experience, of which at least five years have been in a senior management position.
Geographical location and familiarity with luxury goods, diamonds or the gemstone industry are not important, but general experience with extractives, commodities, manufacturing, speciality goods, retail or product supply chains would be an advantage, as would be knowledge about corporate and social responsibility, voluntary commitments and the implementation of intergovernmental agreements, and also the Kimberley Process.
“The appointment of an executive director will be a key step in our process to reform the WDC, and to equip it to meet the challenges of the future,” said Edward Asscher, WDC president. “It is a position that encompasses real challenge, and also one in which an individual can bring about positive change, both in the industry and in the lives of our stakeholders.”