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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Death of Ulysse Nardin CEO Rolf W. Schnyder

Rolf W. Schnyder

From Le Locle we have learned of the death of Rolf W. Schnyder, CEO of the Swiss watch manufacturer Ulysse Nardin, who died suddenly on April 14 2011 after a short illness.

Ulysse Nardin issued this statement:

With the passing of Rolf W. Schnyder, the watchmaking industry has lost one of its greatest visionaries, while Ulysse Nardin has lost an important source of innovation for the firm. We are profoundly moved and distraught at this sudden loss.

Our full sympathies are with his wife and his three children, to whom we would like to express our sincere condolences,” said Susanne Hurni, press officer and head of media relations at Ulysse Nardin. Because a succession plan was already in place, the operational running of the business by the current members of management can be kept going without interruption, and continued in the spirit of Rolf W. Schnyder’s vision.

Rolf W. Schnyder had acquired the family firm Ulysse Nardin in 1983, and since that time held the role of president and CEO at the helm of the manufacturer with its wealth of tradition. Under his leadership, Ulysse Nardin rose once more to the top of the mechanical watchmaking sector, with numerous innovations such as the first astronomical wrist watches.

An extensive and informative interview with Rolf Schnyder from 2008 can be read here

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