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Charles Stanley to Retire from De Beers

He currently serves as president of De Beers Brands in North America.




Charles Stanley to Retire from De Beers

(PRESS RELEASE) STAMFORD, CT — Charles Stanley, President of De Beers Brands in North America, is to retire from the business following more than 20 years with De Beers. Charles will hand over his official duties over the course of January and remain through the end of February to ensure a smooth transition. Céline Assimon, CEO of De Beers Jewellers and De Beers Forevermark, will take on Charles’ responsibilities on an interim basis while the process to identify Charles’ permanent successor continues, and an announcement will be made in due course.

Charles rejoined De Beers in 2010 – having previously worked for the business from 1994 to 2003 – and has played a key role in growing the De Beers Forevermark business in North America, overseeing several high-profile campaigns and significant evolutions in the business’s commercial offering, including the development of its e-commerce proposition. Charles also played a central part in representing De Beers in the wider industry through his roles in a range of diamond and jewelry trade associations.

Charles Stanley said: “It has been my pleasure and honor to have worked at De Beers for more than 20 years, first in London and then as President of De Beers Brands North America for the past 12 years. I will leave with great respect for the integrity and values that define the company and the way it works with all its stakeholders and partners in this wonderful industry. I am proud of everything I have been able to accomplish over my time with De Beers, all of which has been made possible by the collaboration and support of my colleagues across the business and our valued partners. To all of you, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you.”

Céline Assimon said: “Since I joined De Beers, it has been a privilege to be able to call on Charles’ expertise and experience, both as the De Beers Forevermark business has evolved and grown in a fast-changing external environment, and as we have sought to integrate our broader downstream activities into a ‘one De Beers’ approach. Charles’ deep passion for diamonds and the diamond industry has always shone through, and all of us at De Beers thank him for his huge contribution over the years and wish him well for the future during his retirement.

“While Charles is leaving, I am really looking forward to working even more closely with the excellent De Beers Brands team in the US that he has built over the years while we continue to seek his long-term replacement. As end clients increasingly seek sustainable, branded and digitally-rich diamond offerings, we believe we are perfectly positioned to deliver success for De Beers and our partners in this new diamond world.”




When There’s No Succession Plan, Call Wilkerson

Bob Wesley, owner of Robert C. Wesley Jewelers in Scottsdale, Ariz., was a third-generation jeweler. When it was time to enjoy life on the other side of the counter, he weighed his options. His lease was nearing renewal time and with no succession plan, he decided it was time to call Wilkerson. There was plenty of inventory to sell and at first, says Wesley, he thought he might try to manage a sale himself. But he’s glad he didn’t. “There’s no way I could have done this as well as Wilkerson,” he says. Wilkerson took responsibility for the entire event, with every detail — from advertising to accounting — done, dusted and managed by the Wilkerson team. “It’s the complete package,” he says of the Wilkerson method of helping jewelers to easily go on to the next phase of their lives. “There’s no way any retailer can duplicate what they’ve done.”

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