Hershey: CEO announces Executive Team

Hershey / PA. (thc) The Hershey Company, which has seen some changes at the top management of the confectionery giant in the past weeks, has now appointed new men in charge of its North American and international operations. Last statement: «David J. West announces Hershey Executive Team». David J. West, President and Chief Executive Officer, announced several changes to the Executive Team. The changes are effective immediately.

  • John P. Bilbrey has been named Senior Vice President, President Hershey North America. Bilbrey joined Hershey in 2003 as Senior Vice President, President Hershey International. In his new role, Bilbrey will lead Hershey’s U.S. and Canadian businesses. He will report to West and continue as a member of the Hershey Executive Team.
  • West announced that Ted Jastrzebski has been named Senior Vice President, President Hershey International. Jastrzebski joined Hershey in 2004 and is currently Vice President, International Finance and Planning. In his new role, he will report to West and will serve as a member of the Hershey Executive Team.
  • The CEO announced that Michele Buck has been named Senior Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer. Buck, who joined Hershey in 2005, is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, U.S. In her new role, Buck will be responsible for driving world-class marketing and transformational growth platforms across the company. She will lead the company’s efforts in the areas of consumer insights, portfolio strategy and innovation, The Hershey Experience, marketing excellence and corporate social responsibility. She will report to West and serve as a member of the Hershey Executive Team.
  • In addition, the following leaders will be members of the Executive Team:
    • Bert Alfonso, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
    • Marcella Arline, Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer
    • Dan Azzara, Vice President Global Research and Development
    • George Davis, Vice President, Chief Information Officer
    • Burt Snyder, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Azzara, Arline, Alfonso and Snyder will report to West. Davis will report to Alfonso. The company is conducting a search for a Senior Vice President, Global Operations. In the interim, the Operations organization will report directly to West. Arline recently announced her retirement and has agreed to continue in her role while the company conducts a search for her successor. Kenneth L. Wolfe becomes Chairman of the the Hershey Board in January 2008.

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