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Group Management

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, and Purchasing. Since 2004, he has also been responsible for manufacturing. As of October 1, 2016, he took over as CEO of the Lindt & Sprüngli Group and is responsible for Group Legal & IP, Corporate Communications and Group HR.

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 in the 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.

Andreas Pfluger (CH)

lic. rer. pol. — Mr. Pfluger began his career with Unilever in Switzerland before joining Lindt & Sprüngli (Schweiz) AG as Marketing Manager in 1994. In 1997, he took over responsibility as CEO for building up the subsidiary in Australia. He then held further positions as CEO of the French subsidiary and of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in California (USA). In 2011, he returned to Swiss headquarters to work for Extended Group Management and was promoted to member of Group Management in 2013, where he is responsible for the integration of the American company Russell Stover and the development of specific markets.

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 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 and International Marketing.

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.

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.

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 1998 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.