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Helzberg Diamonds’ Chairman and CEO Beryl Raff Announces Retirement June 15, 2022 (0 comments)

Beryl Raff

Kansas City, MO--Helzberg Diamonds announced in a press release the retirement of Beryl Raff, the company's chairman, and CEO. Raff will continue to advise and consult the Helzberg Diamonds' executive team as non-executive chairman of the board. The company's Chief Financial Officer, Brad Hampton, will assume the CEO role on July 2.

[Image source: Beryl Raff/LinkedIn]

With a retail career spanning 50 years, Raff has led Helzberg Diamonds with 13 years of dedicated service and unrelenting commitment. Since 2009, she has reshaped and helped the company navigate the most tumultuous retail economic times with calm, decisive, and strategic leadership.

"I'll never forget the day I was asked to lead Helzberg Diamonds – I couldn't wait to get started! Fast forward 13 years, it's been an honor to be on this incredible journey with the talented people at Helzberg and to serve among the exceptional leaders of Berkshire Hathaway," said Beryl Raff, chairman, and CEO of Helzberg Diamonds, in the press release. "Together, we've created a business that is agile and responsive to the ever-changing retail environment. Most importantly, Helzberg Diamonds is my family. The relationships I've built with my teams, sales associates, and customers have enhanced my life beyond measure. I'll miss everything about leading this amazing brand, but I'm ready to start a new chapter."

Raff guided Helzberg Diamonds to exceed a multitude of significant performance goals. As the longest-serving non-family CEO at Helzberg, she made the company relevant again in the retail landscape. A constant learner and never satisfied with the status quo, she challenged herself and every business area to view each day as an opportunity to do something new and different to propel the company's success.

"I want to personally thank Beryl for her industry-leading vision and one-of-a-kind contributions to Helzberg Diamonds. She will be missed," said Warren Buffett, chairman, and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

Read more on Raff's journey in the entire press release

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