London: Nadja Swarovski, a member of the Swarovski executive board and chair of the Swarovski foundation, has stepped down from the company, effective from the end of December.
Having joined the family business in 1995, Nadja Swarovski became the group’s first female member of the executive board and built partnerships with more than 200 leading designers in the fields of fashion, jewellery, architecture, and film, and created jewels under the Atelier Swarovski label, which she set up in 2007.
As a member of the executive board, 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.
Upon her departure, following 26 years with the family business, Nadja Swarovski will remain involved with the Swarovski Foundation as chair emeritus.
Commenting on her departure, Nadja 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.
“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: “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.”