Airline chairman Jetzer dies while out hiking

The chairman of Swiss International Air Lines, Rolf Jetzer, has died at the age of 59 after suffering heart failure on Sunday while walking in the mountains.

This content was published on September 20, 2010 - 16:18

Jetzer joined the board of Swiss in 2004 before the airline was taken over by Germany’s Lufthansa. He was elected chairman in 2005.

A Swiss statement on Monday said that during his time he had “devoted unstinting energy and commitment to the airline’s positive development”.

The vice-chairman, Walter Bosch, will provisionally take over as chairman.

A senior partner in Zurich law firm Niederer Kraft & Frey, Jetzer is survived by his wife and son.

He had been a board member of several companies, including Bank Julius Bär and the mobile technology firm, Myriad.

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