De Beers Group has announced the appointment of Sarah Kuijlaars as Chief Financial Officer, effective from 1 September. Sarah will join the De Beers Group Board and Executive Committee.
Sarah was previously CFO of Arcadis NV, a leading global design and engineering consultancy, with a listing on the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
Prior to this, Sarah was Deputy CFO at Rolls Royce Holdings plc, and held a number of senior financial leadership roles during a 25-year career at Royal Dutch Shell plc.
She has worked in several geographies including Nigeria, Russia, Brazil and the Middle East. Sarah is also a Non-Executive Director at Aggreko plc, a leading international provider of mobile modular power, temperature control and energy services.
Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, said: “Sarah is a proven leader and has a strong track record built with a number of world-class multinational businesses. I’m delighted that Sarah is joining the De Beers Group Board and Executive Committee and look forward to working closely with her as we continue to deliver our transformation agenda.”
Sarah said: “I’m very pleased to be joining De Beers Group and the diamond industry. I look forward to working with the leadership team and colleagues and partners around the world to help deliver the company’s strategy.”
Sarah has a Mathematics degree from Oxford University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA) and an Associate member of Corporate Treasurers.
Sarah’s appointment follows the resignation announcement on 2 April of Nimesh Patel, who will leave De Beers Group on 26 July.