The 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2015
Thu 26 Feb 2015 12:00 PM
Nayla Hayek

Nayla Hayek

Industry: Retail

Company: Swatch Group

Designation: Chairwoman

Country: UAE (Lebanon)

The latter of those two positions came to pass in 2013 after Swatch acquired the company in a deal thought to be worth up to $1 billion, and it’s certainly a job that keeps Hayek busy with plans to grow from 20 Harry Winston boutiques to 30 by the end of 2015.

Harry Wnston made headlines in 2014 when it bought the flawless blue diamond, the Winston B, in May 2014 for $23.8 million.

Swatch was co-founded by Hayek’s father, who died in 2010, leaving Hayek and her brother to oversee the company which employs almost 34,000 people in 50 countries. In 2014, net profits fell to $1.33bn, although the firm announced last month it would be introducing a smart watch.

The executive’s passion for horses had led to her being an International Arabian horse judge, as well as owning more than 60 purebred Arabian horses. She splits her time between Biel, Switzerland, and Dubai.