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Members of the Group Management

As of July 1, 2024, Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG’s Group Management has nine members. Learn more about their careers, roles and responsibilities.

Group Management - Responsibilities and Function

The Lindt & Sprüngli Group Management is responsible for the implementation of Group strategies. In addition, the individual members of Group Management must lead their allocated functional and responsibility areas within the framework of the Group policy in compliance with instructions given by the CEO and the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. On the basis of a matrix structure, the individual Group Management members are given line responsibility for entire country organizations and geographical areas, together with functional responsibility for specific areas.

Dr Adalbert Lechner (AT)

Group CEO

PhD in Law — After receiving his doctorate in law, Mr. Lechner held several management positions in marketing and sales with L’Oréal and Johnson & Johnson. He joined the Lindt & Sprüngli Group as CEO of the Austrian subsidiary company in 1993. He was then appointed CEO of the German subsidiary Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli GmbH in 1997. He was a member of Extended Group Management from 2011 until 2016. As of January 1, 2017, he is a member of Group Management. On October 1, 2022, he took over as CEO of the Lindt & Sprüngli Group. The Headquarters' functions Group Communications, Global Retail, and Transformation are reporting directly to him.

Martin Hug (CH)

Group CFO

Economist, MA — Mr. Hug started his career in various roles with a leading global coffee trading company in Latin America (Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Honduras), latterly as Finance Director in Costa Rica, before he joined Lindt & Sprüngli (International) AG in 2004 as Senior Controller. Only a short time later, he was promoted to CFO at Lindt & Sprüngli UK. From 2011 to the end of 2016, he held the position of CFO at Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in California (USA). As of January 1, 2017, he has been Group CFO and a member of Group Management, where he is responsible for Finance, IT, Procurement and Sustainability.

Dr Rudolf Sprüngli, member of the Lindt & Sprüngli Board of Directors.

Rolf Fallegger (CH)

Country Responsibility

lic. oec. HSG — Mr. Fallegger began his career in 1991 in marketing with Procter & Gamble in Geneva, the UK, and Belgium. He joined Lindt & Sprüngli (Schweiz) AG as Marketing Manager in 1997. He was then appointed CEO of the Lindt & Sprüngli subsidiary companies in the UK and France. In 2009, he returned to the Swiss headquarters and was a member of the Extended Group Management from 2011 to 2014. In 2014, he was promoted to member of the Group Management, where he is responsible for the development of specific markets.

Antonio Bulgheronie, member of the Lindt & Sprüngli Board of Directors.

Alain Germiquet (CH)

Country Responsibility

lic. oec. — Mr. Germiquet started his career in the Sales division of two notable mineral oil companies before joining Hiestand in 1999, where he was promoted from Marketing Director to Managing Director in a short time. In 2005, he became Commercial Director at Nestlé and in 2007, he joined Lindt & Sprüngli first as CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli UK and then as CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli France from 2009 to 2016. On January 1, 2017, he joined Group Management, where he is responsible for the development of specific markets and International Sales.

Dr Thomas Rinderknecht, member of the Lindt & Sprüngli Board of Directors.

Guido Steiner (CH)

International Operations

Dipl. Lm-Ing. ETH — Mr. Steiner began his career as assistant at the Chair for Business Administration at ETH in Zurich. In 1990, he joined Lindt & Sprüngli as Assistant Manager Group Production Planning. Two years later he was promoted to Group Production Planning Manager. From 1999 until 2003, he was Vice President Operations at Lindt & Sprüngli USA. In 2003, he returned to headquarters as Vice President Operations. As of January 1, 2017, he is member of Group Management and continues to be in charge of Group Operations.

Dr Thomas Rinderknecht, member of the Lindt & Sprüngli Board of Directors.

Dr Jennifer Picenoni (CH)

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Dr. iur. — Mrs. Jennifer Picenoni joined Lindt & Sprüngli in 2007 as Senior Legal Counsel. In 2008, she was promoted to Head Corporate Legal & IP. Six years later, in 2014, she was promoted to Group General Counsel leading the company's global Legal & IP affairs and compliance operations. Beginning of 2017, Jennifer Picenoni took over the additional responsibility as Corporate Secretary. She was promoted to the Group Management as of 1 January 2020. 

Dr Thomas Rinderknecht, member of the Lindt & Sprüngli Board of Directors.

Daniel Studer (CH)

Country Responsibility

lic. iur. — Mr. Studer started his professional career at Unilever in Brand Marketing before he joined the Lindt & Sprüngli Switzerland subsidiary in 2003, where he held various leadership roles in sales, followed by the position of Head of International Sales at the Group’s headquarters. In 2009, he was appointed to Country Manager of Lindt & Sprüngli Mexico. Two years later, he transferred to the USA, where he was first appointed VP Sales and then CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli USA in 2016. As of September 1, 2022, he is a member of the Group Management and responsible for the development of specific markets as well as Global Marketing.

Daniel Studer, member of the Lindt & Sprüngli Group Management

Nicole Uhrmeister (CH)

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

MAS in HR — Mrs. Uhrmeister gained over 15 years of experience in various HR leadership roles for multinational FMCG companies. In 2004, she joined Coca-Cola HBC (Schweiz) AG in the Compensation & Benefits team, before she was promoted to Senior HR Manager in 2006. In 2010, she took over the role as Country HR Director Switzerland. After five years in this role, she was again promoted to Group Labour Relations and Regional HR Director in 2015. In 2016, she joined the Capri Sun Group Holding as Chief HR Officer. As of November 2023, Nicole Uhrmeister is taking over the role as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Lindt & Sprüngli and has been appointed as the eighth member of the Group Management. 

Nicole Uhrmeister, member of the Lindt & Sprüngli Group Management

Ana Dominguez (COL/CAN)

Country Responsibility

MBA – After completing her master’s degree in business administration in 1996, Mrs. Dominguez held various leadership positions in marketing, sales and general management for Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson and Campbell’s in South and North America. She joined the Lindt & Sprüngli Group in 2019 as CEO of the Canadian subsidiary. In 2022, she was appointed CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli USA, leading the subsidiary in the world’s largest chocolate market. On July 1, 2024, Ana Dominguez joined the Lindt & Sprüngli Group Management, where she is responsible for the development of specific markets.

Ana Dominguez, member of the Lindt & Sprüngli Group Management