Members of the Group Management

As of January 1, 2020, Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG’s Group Management has seven 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 Dieter Weisskopf (CH)

lic. rer. pol. — Mr. Weisskopf started his career at Swiss Union Bank. After gaining additional experience in the banking sector in South America, he then changed to the food industry, joining the Jacobs Suchard Group. At Jacobs Suchard and at Klaus Jacobs Holding, he held executive management positions in the area of finance, latterly as CFO in Canada and Switzerland. Mr. Weisskopf joined the Lindt & Sprüngli Group in 1995 as Head of Finance, Administration, IT, Purchasing and Sustainability. Since 2004, he has also been responsible for manufacturing. As of October 1, 2016, he took over as CEO of the Lindt & Sprüngli Group. The Headquarters' functions Group Communications and Group HR are reporting directly to him. 

Martin Hug (CH)

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)

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 as well as International Marketing, Digital and Consumer & Market Intelligence.

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

Dr Adalbert Lechner (AT)

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 has been CEO of the German subsidiary Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli GmbH since 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, where he is responsible for the development of specific markets and Global Retail.

Dkfm. Elisabeth Gürtler, member of the Lindt & Sprüngli Board of Directors.

Alain Germiquet (CH)

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)

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)

Dr 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 01.01.2020. 

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