Lindt & Sprungli has reorganised the managerial structure at the top of the business as the Swiss chocolate maker looks to position itself for further growth overseas.

The company has added four executives to its "group management", which is headed by CEO Ernst Tanner.

Since Tanner and the group management team took over responsibility for Lindt's business in 1993, the company's sales had more than tripled, boosted by expansion overseas and acquisitions in Austria, Italy and the US, the firm said today (15 March).

The expansion had made Lindt "the only global premium chocolate brand", with 17 subsidiaries alongside its wider distribution network, the company added.

Lindt said it had expanded its management team to "respond to the resulting challenges for Lindt & Sprungli as an international group of companies". It cited, for example, the "permanent changes in consumer behaviour, especially in the dynamic, newly-emerging countries with great potential" including Eastern Europe, Asia and South America.

The four additions to its group management team would adapt the business "to the challenges of the future of further geographical organisation", the Lindor maker further explained.

Rolf Fallegger, head of Lindt's businesses in France, the UK, Russia and Poland, has joined the extended team.

Kamillo Kitzmantel, CEO of Lindt's domestic unit, and Adalbert Lechner, chief of the chocolate firm's businesses in Germany and Austria, have also been named to the expanded team.

Andreas Pfluger, head of Lindt's unit in North America, will also join the team. Pfluger, meanwhile, will also take charge of Lindt's businesses in Italy, Australia and Hong Kong.