The people behind HYT

The teams that make it happen

Grégory Dourde
HYT CEO

Grégory Dourde, an engineering graduate from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts & Chaussées (Paris), obtained an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs in 1997. He has worked for major brands, including Cartier, in Retail/Marketing strategy and in the reorganisation of Jewellery activity, followed by the Swatch Group and Calvin Klein Watches, and also on the Management board of Manufacturing companies under Nicolas Hayek Senior. He then founded his own consulting company, working on performance enhancement and development projects for companies operating in the medical, watchmaking and high-tech sectors, among others. His interest in and passion for fields as diverse as the physical sciences, biology, philosophy, plastic arts and music, reveal a desire to nurture and enrich ideas through an interdisciplinary approach, using this cross-pollination as the basis for research into innovative and original solutions.

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Omamgbe Ikpa
HYT Asia Managing Director

London born Omamgbe leads HYT in Asia. A Graduate of HEI (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva), Omamgbe spent 15 years in Marketing & Communications in Private Banking in both Switzerland and Singapore, latterly as Director of Communications for BNP Paribas Wealth Management Asia. Omamgbe joined HYT in 2014 using her experience in communications, marketing and business development to build the Brand in Asia.

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Lucien Vouillamoz
IP & Inventor of the Technology

Lucien is the inventor of the groundbreaking fluid technology used by horological luxury brand HYT, that combines fluids and mechanics in a wrist watch to indicate the time. He was also the driver behind the creation of HYT attracting the brand’s founding members. Lucien is an engineer by training, an owner and co-owner of multiple businesses and the chairman of the Ganydar foundation which creates opportunities for vulnerable youngsters in Latin America.

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Vincent Perriard
Product & Marketing

He is a well-known figure in the watch industry. He successfully directed Technomarine (2 years) and Concord (3 years) as CEO. Before that, he was the worldwide marketing director at Audemars Piguet and later at the Swatch Group, directly reporting to Mr. N. G. Hayek.

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Ion Schiau
Vice-President Sales & Marketing

On the local front, Biel-born Ion Schiau joined HYT as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, after having led Hublot’s retail development as International Retail Manager. A graduate of the HEI (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva), he has travelled around the world out of a love of watchmaking, starting at the Swatch Group in New York before heading up international sales at CK Calvin Klein watches, a company of the Swatch Group. Driven by his passion, he reforged links with his home country by creating Chronotime, which has since become the principle partner of big Swiss watch brands in Romania.

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Lionel Roy
Vice-President Operations

Lionel ROY joined the adventure in 2014 as Vice President of Operations. This engineer is an expert in project management, logistics and establishment of industrial organizations. In 2009 he founded “Digitale SA”, a company specialized in the design of watch movement (such as Harry Winston Opus 11) and in advising watch companies.

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Cloé Biessy
Communications Director

Cloé graduated from HEC Lausanne and obtained her Master in Luxury Marketing at Sciences-Po Paris & HEC Lausanne. She was part of the marketing team at LVMH Hotel Management and then worked as business development manager for the world largest lifestyle management group, Quintessentially, where she developed a small business group to integrate partnerships with world's most renown luxury brands such as Gucci, Dior, Chanel. After traveling the world for all HYT events, Cloé is now managing the communications department and taking it to the next level.

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