Premium chocolatier Lindt, today announces the appointment of Daniel Studer as the new Vice President of Sales for Lindt USA. In his role, Studer will be based at the Lindt USA headquarters in Stratham, N.H. and responsible for all national and regional sales, sales operations, and trade marketing.

Studer joined Lindt & Sprungli in Switzerland eight years ago as Sales Director and later transitioned to Head of International Sales. Most recently he served as the Country Manager of the Lindt Mexico subsidiary, where he was instrumental in effectively restructuring the business model to deliver profitable results. As Vice President of Sales, Studer will report directly to Thomas Linemayr, president and CEO of Lindt USA.

"Daniel has had many great accomplishments since joining Lindt & Sprungli, and we're extremely pleased to have him join us at Lindt USA," said Linemayr. "We're confident Lindt will continue to achieve significant growth and success under his leadership."

A leader in the premium chocolate category, Lindt achieved the fastest growth of all chocolate brands in the U.S. market in 2010, along with substantial gains in market share. Lindt offers a wide variety of premium chocolate – including the iconic Lindor Truffles and gourmet bars in the Excellence collection – available at retailers nationwide, Lindt Chocolate Shops and