Board of Directors
PAMELA M. ARWAY, age 61, has been a Hershey director since May 2010. She chairs the Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Executive Committee. Ms. Arway formerly served in a number of capacities with the American Express Company, Inc., New York, New York, a global payments, network and travel company, and its subsidiaries. From October 2005 to January 2008, she was President, Japan/Asia Pacific/Australia Region, American Express International, Inc., Singapore; from December 2004 to October 2005, she was Chief Executive Officer, American Express Australia Ltd., Sydney, Australia; and from July 2000 to December 2004, she was Executive Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Travel North America, American Express Company, Inc. Throughout her 21-year career with American Express Company, Inc., Ms. Arway gained experience in the areas of finance, marketing, international business, government affairs, consumer products and human resources. She has been a director of Iron Mountain Incorporated since May 2014 and a director of DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc. since July 2009. Ms. Arway holds a bachelor’s degree in languages from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
JOHN P. BILBREY, age 57, has been a Hershey director since June 2011. He was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hershey Company effective May 17, 2011. From November 2010 to May 2011, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and from December 2007 until November 2010, he was Senior Vice President, President Hershey North America. From November 2005 to December 2007, he was Senior Vice President, President International Commercial Group, and was Senior Vice President, President Hershey International from November 2003 until November 2005. As our President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bilbrey is responsible for day-to-day global operations and commercial activities and has a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the Company’s business. He has extensive experience in the consumer packaged goods and fast-moving consumer goods categories in the United States and international markets and has the benefit of having served as both a Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Hershey, Mr. Bilbrey held executive positions at Mission Foods and Danone Waters of North America, Inc., a division of Groupe Danone, Paris, France, responsible for all operations of Groupe Danone’s North American water division. He also served in positions of increasing responsibility in the United States as well as numerous international assignments during his 22 years at The Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Bilbrey has been a director of McCormick & Company, Incorporated since November 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kansas State University.
ROBERT F. CAVANAUGH, age 55, has been a Hershey director since October 2003. He chairs the Compensation and Executive Organization Committee and is a member of the Finance and Risk Management Committee, the Governance Committee and the Executive Committee. Mr. Cavanaugh is Chairman of the board of directors of Hershey Trust Company and the board of managers of Milton Hershey School. He is one of three representatives of the Milton Hershey School Trust currently serving on our Board. Mr. Cavanaugh, a 1977 graduate of Milton Hershey School, brings unique perspectives to our Board not only as a representative of our largest stockholder, but also of the school that is its sole beneficiary. Mr. Cavanaugh formerly served as the Chief Executive Officer of ValueRock Investment Partners, Irvine, California, an owner/operator of retail real estate properties located throughout the western United States. He held that position from January 2013 to February 2014. From October 2011 to January 2013, Mr. Cavanaugh was Chief Investment Officer of Vestar Development Company, Phoenix, Arizona, one of the leading privately held retail real estate operating companies in the western United States. From October 1999 to October 2011, he was Managing Director of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, Los Angeles, California, a leading global real estate private equity firm. Prior to joining DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, Mr. Cavanaugh held positions with Deutsche Bank Securities (where he founded and oversaw that firm’s real estate investment banking effort on the West Coast), Goldman, Sachs & Co. and LaSalle Partners. He has experience in investment banking, finance, real estate and risk management. Mr. Cavanaugh holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School where he earned academic honors.
CHARLES A. DAVIS, age 65, has been a Hershey director since November 2007. He chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Davis is Chief Executive Officer of Stone Point Capital LLC, Greenwich, Connecticut, a global private equity firm. Mr. Davis has held that position since June 2005 when the firm was established. Prior to that, Mr. Davis was with MMC Capital, Inc., the private equity business of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., serving as President from April 1998 to December 2002, Chief Executive Officer from January 1999 to May 2005 and Chairman from January 2002 to May 2005. He also served as a Vice Chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a global professional services firm and the parent of MMC Capital, Inc., from September 1999 to May 2005. Prior to joining MMC Capital, Inc. in 1998, Mr. Davis spent 23 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he served as head of Investment Banking Services worldwide, co-head of the Americas Group, head of the Financial Services Industry Group, a member of the International Executive Committee and a General Partner. He has experience in finance, investment banking, international business and real estate, in addition to having experience as a chief executive officer, and qualifies as an audit committee financial expert. Mr. Davis has been a director of AXIS Capital Holdings Limited since November 2001 and a director of The Progressive Corporation since October 1996. Mr. Davis was formerly a director of Merchants Bancshares, Inc., from June 1985 to February 2008. Mr. Davis holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Mary Kay Haben
MARY KAY HABEN, age 57, has been a Hershey director since August 2013. She is a member of the Compensation and Executive Organization Committee. Ms. Haben retired in February 2011 as President, North America of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Chicago, Illinois, a leading confectionery company. She held that position from October 2008. From April 2007 to October 2008, she was Wrigley’s Group Vice President and Managing Director, North America. Prior to joining Wrigley, Ms. Haben enjoyed a 27-year career with Kraft Foods, Inc., Northfield, Illinois, a grocery manufacturing and processing conglomerate, where she held several key positions, including Group Vice President, Kraft Foods and President, Cheese, Enhancers and Meals from 2001 to 2004, Senior Vice President, Global Snack Sector from 2004 to 2006 and Senior Vice President, Open Innovation from 2006 to 2007. Throughout her 33-year career, Ms. Haben gained extensive experience managing businesses in the consumer packaged goods industry and developed a track record of growing brands and developing new products. She has been a director of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. since August 2012 and a trustee of Equity Residential since July 2011. She previously served as a director of Liz Claiborne from May 2004 to May 2007. Ms. Haben holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in business administration from University of Illinois and a Masters of Business Administration degree in marketing from University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.
ROBERT M. MALCOLM, age 61, has been a Hershey director since December 2011. He is a member of the Compensation and Executive Organization Committee and the Finance and Risk Management Committee. Mr. Malcolm retired in December 2008 as President, Global Marketing, Sales & Innovation of Diageo PLC, London, UK, the world’s leading premium drinks company. He held that position from June 2002. From September 2001 to June 2002, he was President, Global Market, Sales and Innovation for Guinness UDV, a division of Diageo. From December 1999 to September 2001, Mr. Malcolm served as Global Marketing Director – United Distillers & Vintners, a division of Diageo, and was based in London. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Malcolm was responsible for strategy, equity management, innovation and global orchestration for more than 120 brands, as well as functional performance for both the marketing and global sales organization. Prior to joining Diageo, Mr. Malcolm spent 24 years at The Procter & Gamble Company in positions of increasing responsibility, departing in June 1999 as Vice President, General Manager, Beverages Europe, Middle East, Africa. He is a globally recognized expert in strategic marketing and is currently Executive in Residence, Center for Customer Insight and Marketing Solutions, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas. He has experience in international business and in the marketing and sales of consumer products, including consumer packaged goods and fast-moving consumer goods. Mr. Malcolm serves on the board of directors of the American Marketing Association, on the advisory boards of Just Marketing, Inc. and Effective Brands and is a senior advisor to Boston Consulting Group. He was formerly a director of Logitech International S.A. from June 2007 to September 2010. Mr. Malcolm holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a Masters of Business Administration degree in marketing, both from the University of Southern California.
JAMES M. MEAD, age 68, has been a Hershey director since April 2011. He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Governance Committee. Mr. Mead is a director and non-executive president of Hershey Trust Company and a member of the board of managers of Milton Hershey School. He is one of three representatives of the Milton Hershey School Trust serving on our Board. In addition to bringing to our Board the perspectives of the Milton Hershey School Trust, Mr. Mead brings extensive business and leadership experience. He is founder and President of JM Mead, LLC, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, an economic advisory firm serving the health care industry. He has held that position since July 2004. He also is a venture partner in Radius Ventures, LLC, New York, New York, a venture capital firm focused on leading-edge health and life sciences companies, since June 2005 and serves on the board of directors of several privately held health care and health care technology firms. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Capital BlueCross, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a full-service managed-care and health insurance provider, after having served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 1984 to 2004. Mr. Mead was a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia from 1991 to 1996 and served as its Chairman from 1994 until 1996. He is actively involved in other professional and community board activities, including as board member and treasurer of the North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute, Washington, D.C. He has experience in finance, marketing, insurance, information technology and risk management, in addition to having experience as a chief executive officer, and qualifies as an audit committee financial expert. Mr. Mead holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a Masters of Arts degree in economics from The Pennsylvania State University.
JAMES E. NEVELS, age 62, has been a Hershey director since November 2007 and the Chairman of the Board of Directors since February 2009. He also chairs the Executive Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Governance Committee. Mr. Nevels is a director of Hershey Trust Company and the board of managers of Milton Hershey School. He is one of three representatives of the Milton Hershey School Trust currently serving on our Board. In addition to bringing to our Board the perspectives of the Milton Hershey School Trust, Mr. Nevels has extensive finance and leadership experience and qualifies as an audit committee financial expert. He is Chairman of The Swarthmore Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a minority-owned investment-advisory firm, which he founded in 1991. In 2004, he was appointed by the President of the United States to a three-year term on the advisory committee to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, where he served as Chairman from 2005 to 2007. In 2001, he was appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania as Chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission overseeing the turnaround of the Philadelphia School System, at that time the ninth-largest school district in the United States. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia since January 2010, and served as its Deputy Chairman from January 2012 until his appointment as Chairman in January 2014. Mr. Nevels has been a director of MeadWestvaco Corporation since June 2014. He was formerly a director of Tasty Baking Company from May 2005 to May 2011. Mr. Nevels holds a bachelor’s degree, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in political science and philosophy from Bucknell University, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
ANTHONY J. PALMER, age 54, has been a Hershey director since April 2011. He is a member of the Compensation and Executive Organization Committee and the Finance and Risk Management Committee. Mr. Palmer is President of Global Brands and Innovation of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas, Texas, a manufacturer and marketer of various personal care and health care products worldwide. He has held that position since April 2012. He was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Kimberly-Clark Corporation from October 2006 to March 2012. From June 2002 to September 2006, he worked at the Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, Michigan, and was a member of the Worldwide Leadership Team of Kellogg Company from February 2003. From June 2002 to February 2003, he served as Kellogg’s Vice President of Business Development and Innovation. From February 2003 to August 2004, he was President of Kellogg’s Natural, Frozen and Warehouse Club division, and from August 2004 to September 2006 he was Managing Director of Kellogg’s United Kingdom and Ireland businesses. Prior to June 2002, he held various positions of significant responsibility in the consumer products field, including marketing and general management positions with the Minute Maid division of the Coca-Cola Company USA and as region director for Coca-Cola in Austral-Asia. He has experience in the areas of consumer packaged goods, fast-moving consumer packaged goods, international business, marketing and human resources. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a Masters of Business Administration degree, with distinction, from the International Management Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.
THOMAS J. RIDGE, age 68, has been a Hershey director since November 2007 and is a member of the Finance and Risk Management Committee and the Governance Committee. Mr. Ridge is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ridge Global, LLC, Washington, D.C., a global strategic consulting company. He has held that position since July 2006. Additionally, in April 2010, Mr. Ridge became a partner in Ridge Policy Group, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., a bipartisan, full-service government affairs and issue management group. From April 2005 to July 2006, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Ridge LLC. From October 2001 to February 2005, Mr. Ridge was Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to his service as Secretary of Homeland Security, he was Governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2001. Mr. Ridge’s background and experience have prepared him well for membership on our Board. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Ridge Global, he leads a team of international experts that helps businesses and governments address issues such as risk management, global trade security, technology integration and crisis management. As a partner in Ridge Policy Group, he provides strategic advice to clients to assist them in navigating the complexities of state and local government and raising awareness of their products and services that are relevant to government markets. As twice-elected Governor of Pennsylvania, he earned a reputation for high standards and results and championed issues such as health care and the environment. As Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, he formed a new agency from 22 agencies employing more than 180,000 employees. Mr. Ridge has been a director of FS Investment Corporation since November 2011 and a director of LifeLock, Inc. since March 2010. He previously served as a director of Exelon Corporation, Brightpoint, Inc., Geospatial Holdings, Inc., Vonage Holdings Corp. and The Home Depot, Inc. Mr. Ridge holds a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor degree from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University.
DAVID L. SHEDLARZ, age 65, has been a Hershey director since August 2008. He chairs the Finance and Risk Management Committee and is a member of the Compensation and Executive Organization Committee and the Executive Committee. Mr. Shedlarz retired in December 2007 as Vice Chairman of Pfizer Inc., New York, New York, a pharmaceutical, consumer and animal products health company. He held that position from July 2005. From January 1999 to July 2005, he was Pfizer’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Shedlarz spent the majority of his professional career with Pfizer. At the time of his retirement in 2007, Mr. Shedlarz was responsible for operations including the animal health business, finance, accounting, strategic planning, business development, global sourcing, manufacturing, information systems and human resources. During his time at Pfizer, Mr. Shedlarz also gained extensive experience in international business. Mr. Shedlarz has been a director of Pitney Bowes, Inc. since May 2001 and a member of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association Board of Trustees since March 2007. Mr. Shedlarz holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Oakland/Michigan State University and a Masters of Business Administration degree in finance and accounting from the New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.