As of October 1st, 2016, Mr Tanner is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Before he held the position as Group CEO from 1993-2016 and Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1994-2016. He completed a commercial education and then attended business school in London and at Harvard. Before joining Lindt & Sprüngli, Mr Tanner held top management positions for more than 25 years with the Johnson & Johnson Group in Europe and in the USA, last as Company Group Chairman Europe. Mr Tanner has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Swatch Group since 1995, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2011, as well as member of the Compensation Committee since 2002 and Chairman of this Committee since May 2014. He also has a seat on the Advisory Board of both the German Krombacher Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG and the Austrian SIGNA Group.
Mr Sprüngli completed his studies with a doctorate in economics and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1988. Due to his former executive activities for the Group and for an international premium food-trading company, Mr Sprüngli is an expert authority in the chocolate business. Today, he manages his own consulting firm. Mr Sprüngli is also a member of the Council of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors of Peter Halter Liegenschaften AG, a Board member at the Institut für Wirtschaftsberatung as well as Chairman of Freies Gymnasium Zurich.
Mr Bulgheroni has been a member of the Board of Directors since April 1996 and Lead Director since February 2009; he currently serves on the Executive, Audit, and Compensation Committee. His extensive company management experience in every area of the chocolate business makes Mr Bulgheroni a highly respected international expert. He was CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli SpA from 1993 until his retirement from executive directorship in April 2007. Since then, he has been Chairman of the Board of Lindt & Sprüngli SpA and Caffarel, the two Italian subsidiaries of the Group. Mr Bulgheroni, who holds the Order of Merit for Labor of the Italian Republic, is the Vice President of Banca Popolare di Bergamo and holds other directorships, including II Sole 24 Ore and the L.I.U.C. University, as well as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bulgheroni SpA.
Ms Gürtler has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009. She completed her business-science studies with a master’s degree, then built up an outstanding reputation, particularly as director of the world-famous Sacher Hotels in Vienna and Salzburg, where premium quality plays a key role. From 1998 till 2012, Ms Gürtler was a member of the Supervisory Board of Erste Group Bank AG. She was a member of the general council of the Austrian National Bank from 2004 to 2014 and is currently member of the Board of Directors of ATP Planungs- und Beteiligungs AG in Innsbruck, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of Nürnberger Lebensversicherung (Nürnberg Life Insurance) in Germany.
After periods of study in Paris and London, Ms Schadeberg-Herrmann completed her studies at the European Business School in Germany in 1990 with a degree in business management. She has been employed by the Krombacher Brewery Group of Companies (the leading German beer market brand) for more than 20 years and is currently a managing partner. Ms Schadeberg-Herrmann is active primarily on the financial and commercial side. Among her other duties as managing partner, she is in charge of Krombacher Finance GmbH. In June 2011, she was elected to the Supervisory Board of Krones AG, the world's leading manufacturer for filling and packaging technology in the beverage and liquid food industries.
Mr Thomas Rinderknecht has been elected to the Board of Directors at the AGM in 2016. He has completed his studies with a doctorate in law and was appointed to practise as an attorney-at-law in the canton of Zurich in 1982. He has been an independent business lawyer since 1982 and joined Badertscher Rechtsanwälte AG in Zurich and Zug as a senior partner in 2009. Since 1984 Mr Rinderknecht has served on the Boards of Directors of several medtech, pharma and biotech companies as well as in the field of media and industry. Since 2011 he has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of the Basilea Pharmaceutica AG.