Harry Winston Diamond Corporation Announces New Appointments to the Board of Directors



    TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Harry Winston Diamond Corporation (TSX: HW:
NYSE:  HWD) today announced the appointments of Matthew Barrett and Micheline
Bouchard to the Company's Board of Directors. Their appointments bring the
number of Board members of Harry Winston Diamond Corporation to nine.
    "I am delighted to welcome both Matt and Micheline to our Board of
Directors. We will benefit greatly from their expertise and experiences. We
look forward to working closely with them," said Robert A.Gannicott, Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of Harry Winston Diamond Corporation. "Matt's
outstanding record of accomplishments in the banking industry and his
highly-regarded understanding of global markets will add expertise as we
continue to execute our growth strategy in numerous geographies and each with
varied financial needs."
    Mr. Gannicott added, "Micheline's experiences gathered through her
operationally-focused corporate career will be of value. In particular, her
highly-regarded work in business development will be an asset in our long-term
strategy planning process."
    Mr. Barrett is the former Chairman and CEO of Barclays PLC. He began his
career at the Bank of Montreal in 1962 and built a career at the bank where he
held a variety of management positions in international banking and treasury
during his 37 year tenure. He was appointed President and Chief Operating
Officer in 1987. In 1989, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and was
named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1990. In 1999, Mr. Barrett
accepted the position of Group Chief Executive of Barclays Bank PLC and was
appointed chairman in 2004. Mr. Barrett currently is a member of the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York International Advisory Committee and previously
served on the board of directors of Molson, Inc., and Seagram Corporation.
    Ms. Bouchard is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of ART
Advanced Research Technologies, a biomedical company based in Montreal. Prior
to that, Ms. Bouchard was Global Corporate Vice-President, Enterprise Services
at the head office of Motorola Inc. in Chicago after serving as President and
Chief Executive Officer of Motorola Canada in Toronto. In addition, Ms.
Bouchard served as Vice President of business development Canada and Vice
President of Quebec operations during her tenure at Hewlett-Packard Canada,
Ltd. Montreal.
    She holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Sciences, Engineering Physics
and a Master's Degree in Applied Sciences, Electrical Engineering, both from
Polytechnique, Montreal. She currently serves on the board of directors of
Telus Corporation, Citadel Group of Funds and Home Capital/Home Trust.

    About Harry Winston Diamond Corporation

    Harry Winston Diamond Corporation (TSX: HW; NYSE:   HWD) is a specialist
diamond enterprise with assets in the mining and retail segments of the
diamond industry. The company supplies rough diamonds to the global market
from its 40% interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine, located in Canada's
Northwest Territories. The company's retail division, Harry Winston, Inc., is
a premier jewelry and timepiece retailer with salons in key locations
including New York, Paris, London, Beijing, Tokyo and Beverly Hills. For more
information, please go to www.harrywinston.com or for investor information,
visit investor.harrywinston.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Nancy Murray, (212) 245-2000,
nmurray@harrywinston.com

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