German Chocolate Maker Ritter Establishes U.S. Subsidiary, Names Industry Veteran Ralf Hilpuesch CEO


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Waldenbuch / Chicago — Family-owned Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG, known for its chocolate brand Ritter Sport, has established a subsidiary in Chicago and appointed industry veteran Ralf Hilpuesch as CEO of Ritter Sport USA.

Hilpuesch, an industry leader with 30 years of confectionery experience, previously served 13 years as president and CEO of Storck North America.

“We are pleased to welcome an executive as well regarded as Ralf Hilpuesch to lead our growing presence in the U.S. market,” says Malte Dammann, Ritter global chief demand officer. “In his remarkable career to date, Ralf has demonstrated his profound knowledge of the market, his ability to build exceptional teams, and his talent for successfully establishing brands.”

In the role, Hilpuesch will lead the company’s new U.S.-based operations, reflecting Ritter Sport’s commitment to expand its business in the U.S. market. 

The company says its dedication to its people, quality brands, and sustainability are principles Hilpuesch shares.

“I am extremely proud to be part of the Ritter Sport family, a brand that I’ve loved since my childhood in Germany,” says Hilpuesch. “I have a deep respect for this historic family business that has continually lived up to its purpose of growing in a strategic and sustainable way. Ritter Sport is truly a beloved chocolate brand enjoyed by countless fans in Europe and more than 100 countries worldwide. I’m grateful to be given the opportunity to make it a favorite chocolate brand in the U.S., as well.” 

In his CEO role at Ritter Sport USA, Hilpuesch will lead the company’s growth initiatives and bring his strategic vision to further the company’s presence throughout the U.S.