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New Hershey CEO Names Executive Team

HERSHEY, Pa. — The Hershey Co. announced the new executive leadership team that incoming President and CEO Michele Buck has chosen to lead the organization into the next phase of its growth and continued success.

The new team balances continuity in key positions through exceptional leaders from within the company and world-class talent from outside of Hershey, the company said in a statement.

"Hershey is an innovative snacking leader with its number one market share in U.S. confection and increasing breadth across U.S. snacking. I’m extremely confident in the individuals who will lead our organization as we delight our customers and consumers with innovation and news in the marketplace and strive to deliver leading sales growth and margins across the food industry," Buck said. "This is a great team, with a range of experiences, expertise and backgrounds to accelerate our innovation, execute with excellence, instill a commercial mindset in all we do, and inspire our remarkable employees to achieve our goals."

Effective March 1, eight leaders will comprise Hershey’s new executive leadership team:

Steven Schiller: Schiller, who is the current president of China & Asia, will be named president, international. He will continue to oversee the China and Asia markets and will assure responsibility for the Americas region, India, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Terry O’Day: O’Day is currently chief supply chain officer. He will become senior vice president, chief product supply and technology officer. O’Day will continue to oversee the company's supply chain organization and will assume responsibility for Hershey’s productivity, information technology and enterprise connectivity initiatives. 

Todd Tillemans will also join Hershey on April 3. As president, U.S., Tillemans will lead Hershey’s flagship U.S. business, including core confection and its expanding portfolio across snacking, as well as its sales and go-to-market teams.

Tillemans joins Hershey from Unilever, where he worked for more than 23 years. He has held multiple leadership roles, from leading Unilever’s skin care business in Europe and Russia to its personal care business in the United States, and most recently serving as president, customer development U.S. 

Continuing in their roles are: 

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Patricia Little  
  • Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Leslie Turner 
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Kevin Walling 
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Mike Wege 

The Hershey Co. has also undertaken a search for a chief growth officer who will lead Hershey’s insights and analytics, strategy, marketing excellence functions, innovation, research and development, mergers and acquisitions, and The Hershey Experience. Hershey has identified an external candidate who is expected to join the team this spring.

In connection with these announcements, Chief Knowledge and Technology Officer Waheed Zaman will retire from the company effective March 31. 

"These appointments reaffirm our commitment to creating opportunities for remarkable people to grow within the company and to attracting world-class talent from outside of Hershey. On behalf of the Board of Directors and management, I would like to thank Waheed Zaman for his work over the past four years to advance our technology, data and analytics capabilities," Buck said.

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