London Diamond Bourse names first COO

V Holts

Victoria McKay promoted to role with aim of driving bourse forward.

London Diamond Bourse (LDB) has named its first chief operating office as Victoria McKay, as it seeks to build the Bourse’s prominence and role in the industry.

McKay joined London Diamond Bourse as its operations manager in October 2012. She has become its first chief operating officer and will take up her new role with immediate effect.

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The role is a newly-created one for the LDB, which says its creation reflects the recent increase in the Bourse’s front-line functions. McKay will work directly with the LDB board and will take responsibility for all aspects of the day-to-day management of the trading floor, including human resources, marketing, finance, property, IT and security.

LDB president Harry Levy said: “The appointment of a chief operating officer is essential to the day-to-day management of the LDB to further the strategic and commercial aims of the organisation. I am delighted that Victoria has accepted the invitation to become the LDB’s first chief operating officer. Victoria possesses the skill set for the new role, is highly thought of at the LDB and has shown great interest in driving the Bourse forward. “

McKay, who was part of Professional Jeweller’s Jewellery Girls Rule issue in July 2013, said at the time that one of her main challenges was increasing the Bourse’s membership without diluting the quality of its members and without changing what currently works for the LDB and its traditions.

She said of her promotion to chief operating officer: “Anyone who knows me understands that I have a real love for the LDB, its history and modern day uniqueness. The members of the London Diamond Bourse have made the last year an absolute pleasure. I am delighted to take up the role of COO and I will continue to work closely with the council of management as we strive to release the full potential of the Bourse.”

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