Swarovski has announced the Nadja Swarovski is parting ways with the company after more than a quarter of a century of service.

As of the end of December 2021, Ms Swarovski is no longer a member of the company’s executive board.

In her 26 years at the company she spearheaded the brand and sustainability strategy of the 126 year-old family business, as well as chairing the Swarovski Foundation that she established in 2013.

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She leaves to start a new chapter in her career, while remaining involved with the Swarovski Foundation.

Ms Swarovski said: “I am deeply grateful for the experience of working in my family’s business and in particular very closely with my father, Helmut Swarovski, who taught me so much.

“My time at the Swarovski company has been the most rewarding journey – what started with creativity and design has culminated in human empowerment and sustainability, and using Swarovski’s platform to support the environment and the community has been the greatest privilege of my career.”

She added: “Collaborating with so many remarkable individuals globally in fashion, jewellery, architecture and beyond has been incredibly fulfilling and I’m thankful for these everlasting relationships.”

Luisa D Delgado, chair of the board of directors of Swarovski International, said: “It is with deep gratitude that we acknowledge Nadja’s indelible imprint on the business.

“Her contribution over the years has been decisive in bringing Swarovski to the forefront of the fashion industry. This will remain her legacy to Swarovski. We are pleased to be able to continue to count on Nadja’s involvement in the Swarovski Foundation going forward.”

Markus Langes-Swarovski, member of the board of directors, added of the company’s first female executive board member: “Nadja’s perhaps greatest legacy to Swarovski are the strides that the company has taken in sustainability and ethics under her skillful direction.

“We are grateful for her continued involvement in the Swarovski Foundation, that is an important pillar of the sustainability commitment of the Swarovski business and family.”