Dr. h.c. Nicolas G. Hayek (†2010)
Dr h.c. Nicolas G. Hayek (1928–2010), Swiss citizen, Chairman and Delegate of the Board of Directors of the Swatch Group from 1986 to 2010. Mr N.G. Hayek, strategic consultant of the Group since 1980, defined the guidelines for the merger of ASUAG-SSIH, and developed the future strategy of the Group. The Universities of Neuchâtel and Bologna conferred honorary doctorates on him. Mr N.G. Hayek was also Chairman of the Board of the Hayek Group, of which he was the founder and which also occasionally provides services for the Swatch Group. Mr N.G. Hayek acted within the Advisory Board of EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) and was also a member of the temporary advisory «High Level Group» of the European Union. Mr N.G. Hayek was awarded the distinction «Grosses Ehrenzeichen mit Stern» from the government of Austria, he was appointed «Officier de la Légion d’honneur» and «Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres» by the government of France and was nominated honorary citizen of Biel-Bienne as well as of Meisterschwanden (Aargau). In January 2007, Mr N.G. Hayek received the Swiss Lifetime Award, which was awarded for the first time. In 2008, Mr N.G. Hayek constituted Belenos Clean Power Holding Ltd, of which he was Chairman and Delegate. Mr N.G. Hayek did not exercise other executive or supervisory activities outside the Group. He held neither official function nor political office.