Läderach Successfully Passes on Leadership to the Next Generation
Caption: Jürg Läderach
Simultaneous progress was also made on the company’s expansion. In 2021, Läderach took over Godiva’s network of shops in the United States, which added more than 30 points of sale in one of the world’s largest markets. The digital transformation of the company was also set in motion during the past years.
“Läderach is strategically and economically very well positioned. This year, we were more than able to make up for the slump caused by COVID-19 in 2020. Our aim was to complete the gradual generational transition, which has been in the works for many years. My wife and I are grateful for the time we spent on helping shape the company through our respective positions of leadership, and we are proud of the team that we had the privilege to work with over many years. The success of Läderach would not have been possible without our many employees.
“Taking ownership also means to empower and to pass on responsibility. Like my father, we are consciously passing on responsibility to the next generation, who will lead the family company with all its employees into its next successful chapter,” says Jürg Läderach, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Läderach.
“After almost 60 years, Läderach has evolved into a true growth company focused on quality and innovation. We will continue to work on innovations with respect to the Läderach customer experience and particularly focus on the domestic market of Switzerland while also making headway towards internationalisation. Furthermore, we want to take even greater advantage of the opportunities for future growth afforded by digitalisation. As the third generation, we will benefit from what the first and second generations, our grandparents and parents, successfully created. Läderach is in an excellent position, for which I would like to thank Jürg and Esther Läderach on behalf of our family, the Executive Board, the Board of Directors and all Läderach employees. My father was always more than just the CEO or Chairman of the Board of Directors of Läderach. He was Läderach. He lived and breathed the company,” says Johannes Läderach, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Läderach.
As part of good, modern corporate governance, the family has been committed for many decades to working with independent members on the Board of Directors and Executive Board who do not belong to the family. In addition to Johannes, Elias and David Läderach, previous members Cornelia Ritz Bossicard, member of the Migros Board of Directors and the ETH Board, Andreas Pfluger, former member of the Executive Board of Lindt & Sprüngli (Schweiz) AG, and Walter Huber, former member of the Executive Board of the Migros Group, were re-elected to their positions.
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Caption (f.l.t.r.): David Läderach, Member of the Board of Directors and Managing Director Germany / Elias Läderach, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Member of the Executive Board / Johannes Läderach, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO