WDC Launches Global Hunt For Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor

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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.”

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