Gerry Weber co-founder Udo Hardieck died on 11 July, aged 74.
His co-founder, Gerhard Weber, and Gerry Weber International chief executive, Ralf Weber, expressed their “deepest regret and condolences on behalf of the entire company”. Gerry Weber International has more than 7,000 employees in more than 60 countries.
“The loss of Udo Hardieck left us deeply saddened,” they said. “Our thoughts and those of the entire staff are with his family. We remember Udo Hardieck as our company founder, an investor and a committed entrepreneur. Until the very last moment he stood by us as a knowledgeable adviser, reliable partner and longstanding friend.”
In March 1973, Hardieck and Gerhard Weber founded a company called Hatex to produce and sell women’s trousers, based in Halle, Westphalia. In October 1989 the company changed its name to Gerry Weber International and was listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Hardieck was a member of the management board with responsibility for production, IT and logistics.
He was instrumental in the creation of the Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament, part of the ATP World Tour series, and the design and construction of the 12,300-seat Gerry Weber Stadion tennis stadium in Halle. He was also involved in founding the Teutoburger Wald Golf Club and developing it into one of the largest golf clubs in East Westphalia-Lippe.