Lindt has appointed a new group CEO, as current boss Dieter Weisskopf retires from his current position towards the end of this year.
The board of directors at the Swiss chocolate giant has appointed Adalbert Lechner – who is currently CEO of the German subsidiary of the company – as the new group CEO.
At the same time, Weisskopf – who spent 27 years in management at Lindt, including six years as CEO and previously as CFO – will be welcomed as a new member of the board at the upcoming Annual General Meeting.
Lechner joined the Lindt & Sprüngli Group in 1993 and under his leadership, the German subsidiary has developed into the largest company within the group. He has also driven development across the northern and eastern European markets as well as the global retail and online division.
“Lindt & Sprüngli is in very good shape, so this is an ideal time to hand over the leadership to new hands,” Weisskopf said.
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“I look back with pride and much pleasure on my many years of service to the group and look forward to leading the company until towards the end of the year.”
Lechner also commented on the move, saying: “I am very much looking forward to my new role as CEO of the group and would like to thank the board of directors for their trust”.
“Dieter Weisskopf hands over the company to me in excellent shape and expectations for the future development are high.”
The board’s executive chair, Ernst Tanner, said: “Dieter Weisskopf has contributed significantly to the success of our group. Over the past six years, he and the management team have positioned the group very well for future global challenges, both strategically and organisationally, as well as in the important area of sustainability.
He continued: “I am very pleased that our company can hand over the CEO responsibilities to Adalbert Lechner, who will together with the group management and my support continue our success story.
“Thanks to our strong culture we have built a solid foundation to further strengthen our position as the world’s leading premium chocolate company.”