Board of Directors
PAMELA M. ARWAY
Director since May 2010, Age 61
Ms. Arway formerly served in a number of capacities with the American Express Company, Inc., 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. From December 2004 to October 2005, she served as Chief Executive Officer, American Express Australia Ltd. From July 2000 to December 2004, she was Executive Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Travel North America, American Express Company, Inc. 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.
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 is a significant contributor to the Board in each of these areas.
Committee Memberships: Governance (Chair); Audit; Executive
JOHN P. BILBREY
Director since June 2011, Chairman since April 2015, Age 58
Mr. Bilbrey is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hershey Company, a position he has held since April 2, 2015. Prior to that, he had served as President and Chief Executive Officer since May 17, 2011. From November 2010 to May 2011, Mr. Bilbrey 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. Prior to joining Hershey, Mr. Bilbrey held executive positions at Mission Foods and Danone Waters of North America, Inc., a division of Groupe Danone, 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 Colgate-Palmolive Company since March 2015 and previously served as a director of McCormick & Company, Incorporated from November 2005 to May 2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kansas State University.
As our Chairman of the Board, 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. His leadership within the Company, as well as his extensive industry and international experience, make Mr. Bilbrey a key contributor to the Board on a wide range of issues. His presence in the boardroom also ensures efficient communication between the Board and Company management.
Committee Memberships: Executive (Chair)
ROBERT F. CAVANAUGH
Director since October 2003, Age 56
Mr. Cavanaugh is Chairman of the board of directors of Hershey Trust Company and the board of managers of Milton Hershey School. He served as Chief Executive Officer of ValueRock Investment Partners, an owner/operator of retail real estate properties located throughout the western United States, from January 2013 to February 2014. From October 2011 to January 2013, Mr. Cavanaugh was Chief Investment Officer of Vestar Development Company, a privately held retail real estate operating company in the western United States. From October 1999 to October 2011, he was Managing Director of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, a 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. 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.
As one of three representatives of Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School 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. He also brings experience in investment banking, finance, real estate and risk management.
Committee Memberships: Compensation and Executive Organization (Chair); Finance and Risk Management; Governance; Executive
CHARLES A. DAVIS
Director since November 2007, Age 66
Mr. Davis is Chief Executive Officer of Stone Point Capital LLC, a global private equity firm. He 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. 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 holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Having served in the fields of investment banking and private equity for more than 40 years, Mr. Davis brings extensive experience in finance, investment banking and real estate to our Board, which is of particular importance in his role as chair of the Audit Committee. His experience as a leader in international business allows him to bring important insights to the Board as the Company continues to expand its international footprint.
Committee Memberships: Audit (Chair); Executive
MARY KAY HABEN
Director since August 2013, Age 58
Ms. Haben retired in February 2011 as President, North America of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a leading confectionery company, a position she had held since 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., 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. She has been a director of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. since August 2012, where she currently serves as Non-Executive Chair of the Board. She has also served as a trustee of Equity Residential since July 2011. Ms. Haben holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in business administration from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Business Administration degree in marketing from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.
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. Her knowledge of and ability to analyze the overall consumer packaged goods industry, evolving market dynamics and consumers’ relationships with brands make her a valuable contributor to the Board and the Company.
Committee Memberships: Compensation and Executive Organization
ROBERT M. MALCOLM
Director since December 2011, Age 62
Mr. Malcolm retired in December 2008 as President, Global Marketing, Sales & Innovation of Diageo PLC, a leading premium drinks company, a position he had held since June 2002. 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. Mr. Malcolm serves on the board of directors of the American Marketing Association and on the advisory board of Just Marketing, Inc. 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.
Mr. Malcolm 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 brings to the Board significant experience in international business and in the marketing and sales of consumer products, including consumer packaged goods and fast-moving consumer goods.
Committee Memberships: Compensation and Executive Organization; Finance and Risk Management
JAMES M. MEAD
Director since April 2011, Age 69
Mr. Mead is a director and the non-executive president of Hershey Trust Company and a member of the board of managers of Milton Hershey School. He is the founder and President of JM Mead, LLC, an economic advisory firm serving the health care industry, a position he has held since July 2004. He has also served as a venture partner in Radius Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm focused on leading-edge health and life sciences companies, since June 2005. Mr. Mead 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, 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. Mr. Mead holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a Masters of Arts degree in economics from The Pennsylvania State University.
One of three representatives of Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School serving on our Board, in addition to bringing to our Board the perspectives of our largest stockholder, Mr. Mead brings extensive experience in finance, marketing, insurance, information technology and risk management. Having served as a chief executive officer for 20 years, Mr. Mead also brings considerable leadership experience to the boardroom.
Committee Memberships: Audit; Governance
JAMES E. NEVELS
Director since November 2007, Lead Independent Director since April 2015, Chairman from February 2009 to April 2015, Age 63
Mr. Nevels is a director of Hershey Trust Company and a member of the board of managers of Milton Hershey School. He is Chairman of The Swarthmore Group, an 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. 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 served as a director of First Data Corporation since November 2014 and as a director of WestRock Company since July 2015. He was formerly a director of MeadWestvaco Corporation from June 2014 to July 2015 and Tasty Baking Company from May 2005 to May 2011. He 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.
As Lead Independent Director and one of three representatives of Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School serving on our Board, Mr. Nevels is uniquely positioned to help ensure that boardroom discussions reflect the views of management, the independent directors and our stockholders. He also brings extensive financial and leadership experience to our Board.
Committee Memberships: Executive; Audit; Governance
ANTHONY J. PALMER
Director since April 2011, Age 55
Mr. Palmer is President of Global Brands and Innovation at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of various personal care and health care products worldwide, a position he has held since April 2012. He previously served as 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 and was a member of the Worldwide Leadership Team of Kellogg Company beginning in February 2003. Prior to joining Kellogg Company, Mr. Palmer 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 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.
Having spent most of his professional career in the consumer packaged goods industry, Mr. Palmer brings to our Board substantial experience and insight in several key strategic areas for the Company, including fast-moving consumer packaged goods, international business, marketing and human resources.
Committee Memberships: Compensation and Executive Organization; Finance and Risk Management
THOMAS J. RIDGE
Director since November 2007, Age 69
Mr. Ridge is Chief Executive Officer of Ridge Global, LLC, a global strategic consulting company, a position he has held since July 2006. In March 2014, Mr. Ridge co-founded Ridge Schmidt Cyber (provider of strategic services to companies in the area of cyber security) with Howard Schmidt. In April 2010, Mr. Ridge also became a partner in Ridge Policy Group, 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 that, Mr. Ridge served as Governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2001. Mr. Ridge has been a director of Chart Acquisition Corp. since July 2011 and a director of LifeLock, Inc. since March 2010. He was a director of FS Investment Corporation from November 2011 to February 2014. He also 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.
Mr. Ridge’s background and experiences are invaluable to our Board. As 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.
Committee Memberships: Finance and Risk Management; Governance
DAVID L. SHEDLARZ
Director since August 2008, Age 66
Mr. Shedlarz retired as Vice Chairman of Pfizer Inc., a pharmaceutical, consumer and animal products health company, a position he held from July 2005 until his retirement in December 2007. From January 1999 to July 2005, Mr. Shedlarz was Pfizer’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Shedlarz spent the majority of his professional career with Pfizer. 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.
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, skills that are particularly valuable to the Board given his role as chair of the Finance and Risk Management Committee. Mr. Shedlarz also brings to our Board considerable international business and leadership experience he gained while at Pfizer.
Committee Memberships: Finance and Risk Management (Chair); Compensation and Executive Organization; Executive