De Beers Group appoints Sarah Kuijlaars as its CFO

Sarah Kuijlaars looks forward to joining the diamond industry as De Beers's new CFO.

UK-headquartered De Beers Group has appointed Sarah Kuijlaars as its new CFO with effect from 1 September. 

About her appointment, 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 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, and held a number of senior financial leadership roles during a 25-year career at Royal Dutch Shell. She has worked in several geographies including Nigeria, Russia, Brazil and the Middle East. 

Sarah is also a non-executive director at Aggreko, a leading international provider of mobile modular power, temperature control and energy services.

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 will be taking over from Nimesh Patel, who resigned on 2 April and will leave the group on 26 July. 

De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver 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.”

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