Annual Report 2021

Group Management

As of December 31, 2021, Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG’s Group Management had seven members:

Name, responsibility


At Lindt & Sprüngli since

Dr Dieter Weisskopf
Chief Executive Officer



Martin Hug
Chief Financial Officer



Rolf Fallegger
Country Responsibility, International Marketing



Dr Adalbert Lechner
Country Responsibility, Global Retail



Alain Germiquet
Country Responsibility, International Sales



Dr Jennifer Picenoni
Group General Counsel & Corporate Secretary



Guido Steiner
Group Operations



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, lastly 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 production.
As of October 1, 2016, he took over as CEO of the Lindt & Sprüngli Group and is responsible for Group Communications and Group HR.

Dr. Dieter Weisskopf (Photo)

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), lastly 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.

Martin Hug (Photo)

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

Rolf Fallegger (Photo)

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.

Dr. Adalbert Lechner (Photo)

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.


Alain Germiquet (Photo)

Dr Jennifer Picenoni (CH) lic. iur.

Ms. Picenoni started her career as an attorney in a law firm in 2002 after having completed her doctorate. She joined Lindt & Sprüngli (International) AG in 2007 as Senior Legal Counsel. In 2008, she was promoted to Head Corporate Legal and in 2014 to Group General Counsel. In 2017, Ms. Picenoni took over the additional responsibility as Corporate Secretary of the Group. Since January 2020, she has been a member of the Group Management, responsible for Group Legal, Intellectual Property and Compliance.

Dr. Jennifer Picenoni (Photo)

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.

Guido Steiner (Photo)

In addition to the above-mentioned assignments, members of Group Management are currently not active in other major national and international management or supervisory bodies. They hold neither managing nor consulting functions with major Swiss or foreign interest groups, nor do they hold public functions or political office. There are no management agreements regarding management functions between the Lindt & Sprüngli Group and legal entities or natural persons outside the Group.

Number of permitted activities outside the Group

The number of mandates in senior management bodies and boards of directors of legal entities outside the Group – which are to be entered in the Swiss commercial register or in a comparable foreign register – is according to Article 19, subsection 3 item 2 of the Articles of Association restricted for members of Group Management – always subject to approval by the Board of Directors – to not more than two mandates in listed companies, five mandates in non-listed companies, and fifteen mandates in other legal entities such as foundations and associations.

Compensation, equity participations and loans