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DGAP-Adhoc: Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG: Strengthening of Management Team on Group Level

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG  / Key word(s): Change of Personnel

22.10.2013 07:20

Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR


Strengthening of Management Team on Group Level

Kilchberg, 22 October 2013 - Lindt & Sprüngli Group strengthens top level
management with immediate effect. Andreas Pfluger, former member of the
Extended Group Management, is appointed as a member of the Group
Management. At the same time, Thomas Linemayr is promoted to the Extended
Group Management. Consequently, the Group of companies has a broader and
stronger management basis in view of the expanding internationalization of
the business.

Andreas Pfluger started his career at Lindt & Sprüngli in 1994 as marketing
director of Lindt & Sprüngli Switzerland. Three years later, he took over
as CEO for the newly founded subsidiary in Australia, where he was in
charge of the successful expansion in this new market. In 2001, he was
appointed CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli France and in 2005 moved on to become CEO
of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in California. In 2011, he was
appointed to the newly established Extended Group Management and in this
function he took over responsibility at Group level for the entire North
American market as well as for Italy, Australia and China. In his new role
as member of the Group Management, Andreas Pfluger will continue with his
aforementioned responsibilities.

At the same time, Thomas Linemayr is appointed to the Extended Group
Management. The career of Thomas Linemayr in the Lindt & Sprüngli Group
began in 1995 as marketing and sales director at the German subsidiary in
Aachen. In 1999, he became CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli USA in Stratham, NH,
where he made a significant contribution in building up the LINDT brand in
the world's biggest chocolate market. In the course of the very successful
development of this market, the Stratham production site was repeatedly
expanded to match the continuously rising demand for LINDT products. While
Thomas Linemayr will continue to fulfill his position as CEO of Lindt &
Sprüngli USA, he will from now on also assume strategic responsibility on
top management level as a member of the Extended Group Management.

The enlargement of the Group Management and the resulting strengthening of
the management structure is an important and future oriented step in view
of the adaptation of the Group wide organization to the challenges of the
future and the ongoing geographic expansion.

About Lindt & Sprüngli: Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG is the
worldwide leader in the premium chocolate segment and was founded more than
165 years ago in Zurich. Lindt & Sprüngli quality chocolate is manufactured
in eight own production facilities in Europe and the US and is sold by 20
own subsidiaries as well as a widespread network of independent
distributors around the world. The Lindt & Sprüngli Group employs more than
8000 people and achieved sales of 2.67 billion Swiss francs in 2012.

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Language:               English
Company:                Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG
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                        8802 Kilchberg
Phone:                  + 41 44 716 25 37
Fax:                    + 41 44 716 26 60
ISIN:                   CH0010570759, CH0010570767
Valor:                  1057075, 1057076
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