Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG announces the future structure of the Group Management.
As already communicated in June, Ernst Tanner is handing over his function as CEO to the long-standing Group Chief Financial Officer, Dr Dieter Weisskopf and will continue to play an active role as Executive Chairman. The Group Management will be expanded by experienced executives from within the Group. By handing over responsibility to a younger generation of managers with strong track records, the Lindt & Sprüngli Group guarantees continuity playing an important role for the company.
Ernst Tanner hands over the mandate as CEO on October 1, 2016 and will concentrate in his role as Executive Chairman on the long-term strategy of the Group, thus the Group continues to benefit from his many years of experience.
The Group’s new CEO will be Dr Dieter Weisskopf, the Group’s long-standing CFO. He joined the Lindt & Sprüngli Group in 1995 as Head of Finance, HR, Legal and Purchasing, and since 2004 he has also been responsible for manufacturing and sustainability. He has over 22 years’ experience as a member of Group Management.
Three new members will join the Group Management:
Complete Group Management structure:
All Group Management members will report directly to the CEO.
Uwe Sommer, Head of International Marketing/Sales and Global Retail as well as responsible for a number of countries, will resign from Group Management by the end of April 2017 taking up early retirement. His responsibilities will be handed over to Rolf Fallegger and Alain Germiquet.
The Board of Directors would like to congratulate the new members on their appointment and wishes the entire Group Management continued success. Moreover, the Board would like to thank Uwe Sommer for his valuable contribution to the company’s growth and success over the past 23 years.
This major transition at the top of the company is consistent with the long-term strategy of the Group. By transferring responsibility to a younger generation of managers, Lindt & Sprüngli is setting the course for a successful future while at the same time ensuring the continuity being important for the Group as a whole.
Source: Lindt & Sprüngli
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