Richard Lawson to play his part in De Beers’ “storied” history as CFO

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De Beers has appointed Richard Lawson as its new CFO, taking over from Sarah Kuijlaars.

De Beers Group has announced that its head of planning and business development, Richard Lawson, succeeds Sarah Kuijlaars as the company’s CFO as of 1 October.

Richard joined De Beers in 2017 as the group financial controller and was appointed as director of group finance in 2020. Over the past three years, he has worked closely with Sarah.

“It has been a pleasure to work closely with Sarah, and I am grateful to have the support of the leadership team that she developed,” Richard said.

“De Beers is a remarkable company with a storied history and I’m excited to play my part in that history by shaping a sustainable future that extends the leadership position of De Beers and its partners.”

Prior to joining De Beers, Richard was the head of finance and business planning at Anglo American after running the Thermal Coal business in South Africa’s finance department as financial controller, where he supported the transformation of the business prior to its demerger.

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