Lindt & Sprüngli continues expansion with new chief human resources appointment

The Lindt & Sprüngli group has confirmed the expansion of its management team, with Nicole Uhrmeister being appointed to the new role of chief human resources officer for the premium chocolate business, reports Neill Barston.

She is due to take up her role with the company as of November, with her appointment coming at a notable upturn for the firm, which recently declared key 10.1% sales growth to CHF 2.09 billion for the first half of 2023.

Its latest net income amounted to CHF 204.5 million, and its outlook for the financial year has been revised upwards, projecting growth of 7-9%, despite supply chain issues continuing to impact on the wider industry amid increased prices and market instability in the wake of the ongoing Ukraine war.

As for its latest appointment, Uhrmeister gained over 15 years of experience in various HR management roles for multinational FMCG companies. She joins from Capri Sun Group Holding, where she was appointed Chief HR Officer in 2016. Before that, she held several HR roles at Coca-Cola. Nicole Uhrmeister holds a Swiss diploma in Human Resources and a Master of Advanced Studies in Human Capital Management from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur. The Board of Directors congratulated her being appointed and wishes the entire Group Management continued success.

Adalbert Lechner, Group CEO, commented: “By appointing the Chief Human Resources Officer as a Member of the Group Management, we underline the important role that our people play in executing our growth strategy. Nicole Uhrmeister’s experience in various leadership roles and her deep knowledge of the FMCG industry make her an ideal fit for this key position.”

As reported recently, the company’s latest results showed that there were still challenges facing the business, including inflated ingredients costs, yet the company has observed that the trend towards gift packaging, pralines and hollow figures continues. This has meant the =group continues to benefit from their higher added value. While double-digit growth was seen in particular in sales of Lindor, Lindt’s Gold Bunny for Easter, which remains among its most high profile flagship product series.

This summer, Lindt has released a flagship new chocolate wafer series, which will be vying for honours at our World Confectionery Conference, taking place on 5 October at the Harrogate Convention Centre, Yorkshire, UK. For more details visit and to book your place, see our dedicated website.

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