Robert Gannicott, who served as the CEO of Dominion Diamond Corp. for 16 years, died from leukemia Wednesday at the age of 69. (Photo credit: Dominion Diamond Corporation)
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories--Longtime Dominion Diamond Corp. executive Robert Gannicott died Wednesday morning from leukemia. He was 69 years old.

Gannicott served as CEO of Dominion from September 1999 to July 2015.

He also was a member of the company’s board of directors since its inception as a diamond business called Aber Diamond Corp. in 1992, serving as chairman of the board from June 2004 through April of this year, when he stepped down due to health issues.

Gannicott led the company through its growth period after discovering and starting the Diavik Diamonds Project in the Lac de Gras region of the Northwest Territories in 1994 and 1995 and acquiring the Harry Winston brand in 2004.

He also oversaw the acquisition of the Ekati diamond mine, also in the Lac de Gras region, in 2012 and the sale of the Harry Winston brand to Swatch Group a year later.

After that, the company was a pure-play diamond miner again and was renamed Dominion Diamond Corp.

Gannicott is survived by his partner, Geraldine Peacock.

“It is a sad day at Dominion. Bob Gannicott was a visionary and a pillar of the Canadian diamond industry,” Dominion CEO Brendan Bell said. “He built the company from the ground up, taking it from a junior mining company to what is it is today as Canada’s largest independent diamond producer. Bob was an exceptional leader as well as a good friend and mentor. He will be deeply missed by all who had the good fortune to work with him and to know him.”

Get the Daily News >
National Jeweler

Fine Jewelry Industry News

Since 1906, National Jeweler has been the must-read news source for smart jewelry professionals--jewelry retailers, designers, buyers, manufacturers, and suppliers. From market analysis to emerging jewelry trends, we cover the important industry topics vital to the everyday success of jewelry professionals worldwide. National Jeweler delivers the most urgent jewelry news necessary for running your day-to-day jewelry business here, and via our daily e-newsletter, website and other specialty publications, such as "The State of the Majors." National Jeweler is published by Jewelers of America, the leading nonprofit jewelry association in the United States.