By Ashley Davis
Vancouver—Lucara Diamond Corp. has announced the promotion of one of its team to managing director.

Naseem Lahri has been promoted to managing director of Boteti Mining, Lucara’s subsidiary in Botswana. It marks the first time a citizen of Botswana and a woman has held such a role at a diamond company in the country.  

20180507 NaseemLahriNaseem LahriLahri was the chief financial officer and director at Boteti, overseeing finance, administration and security since 2013.

Now, Lahri will be responsible for oversight of all operations related to Boteti and will work closely with General Manager Johane Mchive, who was appointed last year to work at the Karowe mine.

Lucara CEO Eira Thomas said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Naseem into her new role as managing director of Boteti, the first woman and the first Motswana woman to serve in this capacity for a diamond company in Botswana.  

“Naseem combines the skills, experience and depth of knowledge to ably lead our business interests in Botswana, and I am confident that under her stewardship, the maximum, long-term value of our Karowe diamond mine will be realized, to the benefit of all stakeholders.”

Thomas is familiar with breaking glass ceilings; she replaced William Lamb to become Lucara’s first female CEO this year.

Lahri is a professional accountant with a master’s in strategic management and has worked in mining for 17 years, including a decade in the corporate finance department at the senior management level at Debswana.

She has served as board member of the Debswana Pension Fund, as well as the Botswana Accountancy College and Pula Medical Aid.

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