Swatch unanimously appoints Hayek as Chairwoman of Board of Directors.
Swatch Group has unanimously appointed Vice-President Nayla Hayek as its new Chairwoman of the Board of Directors.
The announcement came after the death of Hayek’s father, former Swatch Chairman and founder Nicolas Hayek, from heart failure earlier this week.
The company said in a statement: “Mrs. Nayla Hayek has been prepared towards this function during the past years and has a long-time experience within the Board of Directors. In addition, she was sucessfully active in various operational functions during the last years.
“The Board of Directors has honored the immeasurable merits of Nicolas G. Hayek and will keep a grateful memory of him as founder of The Swatch Group Ltd. and visionary pioneer.”
A public commemorative ceremony will be held for the visionary Swiss watchmaker on July 3 at Kursaal, Kornhausstrasse 3, 3012 Bern, Switzerland. All are welcome to attend.
Swatch asked that instead of bringing flowers, mourners make a donation to international medical and humanitarian aid organisation Médecins san frontierès (Doctors without borders) in Geneva. The details are available on the company website.