Management & Charters

Management Team

Michele Buck

President and Chief Executive Officer

Patricia Little

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Steven Schiller

President, International

Leslie M. Turner

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

D. Michael Wege

Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

Terence O'Day

Senior Vice President, Chief Product Supply and Technology Officer

Todd W. Tillemans

President, U.S.

Kevin Walling

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Corporate Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility

Mary Beth West

Senior Vice President, Chief Growth Officer

PAMELA M. ARWAY

Director since May 2010

Age 63

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • Former President, Japan/Asia Pacific/Australia Region, American Express International, Inc., a global payments, network and travel company, and its subsidiaries (October 2005 to January 2008)

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.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • Iron Mountain Incorporated (May 2014 to present)
  • DaVita Inc. (July 2009 to present)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in languages from Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Masters of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Committees

  • Audit
  • Finance and Risk Management

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JOHN P. BILBREY

Chairman of the Board since March 2017; Director since June 2011

Age 60

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • Retired from The Hershey Company in March 2017:
    • Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer (April 2015 to March 2017)
    • President and Chief Executive Officer (May 2011 to April 2015)
    • Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (November 2010 to May 2011)
    • Senior Vice President, President Hershey North America (December 2007 to November 2010)
    • Senior Vice President, President International Commercial Group (November 2005 to December 2007)
    • Senior Vice President, President Hershey International (November 2003 to November 2005)

Having served as our President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bilbrey 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 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.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • Colgate-Palmolive Company (March 2015 to present)
  • McCormick & Company, Incorporated (November 2005 to May 2015)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kansas State University

Committees

  • Executive (Chair)

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JAMES W. BROWN

Director since May 2017

Age 65

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • Director, Hershey Trust Company; Member, Board of Managers, Milton Hershey School (February 2016 to present)
  • Chief of Staff, United States Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (January 2007 to February 2016)
  • Partner, SCP Private Equity Partners (January 1996 to December 2006)
  • Chief of Staff, Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey (January 1989 to December 1994)

One of three representatives of Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School serving on our Board, Mr. Brown will provide valuable perspectives not only as a representative of our largest stockholder, but also of the school that is its sole beneficiary. In addition, Mr. Brown has significant experience in government relations, finance and private equity/venture capital. His familiarity with policy and operations of both Pennsylvania State and U.S. Federal Government and his experience as an investor in and director of both public and private companies will make him an important addition to our Board on matters of strategy and risk management.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • FS Investment Corporation III (February 2016 to present)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Villanova University 
  • Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia Law School

Committees

  • Audit

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MICHELE G. BUCK

Director since March 2017

Age 55

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hershey Company (March 2017 to present):
    • Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (June 2016 to March 2017)
    • President, North America (May 2013 to June 2016)
    • Senior Vice President, Chief Growth Officer (September 2011 to May 2013)
    • Senior Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer (December 2007 to September 2011)

As our President and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Buck is responsible for all day-to-day global operations and commercial activities of the Company. Having served at the Company for more than 11 years and as an executive in the consumer packaged goods industry for more than 25 years, Ms. Buck is a valuable contributor to our Board in the areas of marketing, consumer products, supply chain management and mergers and acquisitions. Her presence in the boardroom also ensures efficient communication between the Board and Company management.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • New York Life Insurance (November 2013 to present)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina

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CHARLES A. DAVIS

Lead Independent Director since May 2017; Director since November 2007

Age 68

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • Chief Executive Officer, Stone Point Capital LLC, a global private equity firm (June 2005 to present)
  • MMC Capital, Inc., the private equity business of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.:
    • Chairman (January 2002 to May 2005)
    • Chief Executive Officer (January 1999 to May 2005)
    • President (April 1998 to December 2002)

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. His experience as a leader in international business allows him to bring important insights to the Board as the Company continues to focus on its international footprint.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (November 2001 to present)
  • The Progressive Corporation (October 1996 to present)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont
  • Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business

Committees

  • Governance
  • Executive

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MARY KAY HABEN

Director since August 2013

Age 60

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • Former President, North America, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a leading confectionery company (October 2008 to February 2011):
    • Group Vice President and Managing Director, North America (April 2007 to October 2008)
  • Held several key positions during 27-year career with Kraft Foods, Inc., a grocery manufacturing and processing conglomerate

Throughout Ms. Haben's 33-year career, she 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.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • Bob Evans Farms, Inc. (August 2012 to present); currently serves as Lead Independent Director
  • Trustee of Equity Residential (July 2011 to present); currently serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in business administration from the University of Illinois 
  • Masters of Business Administration degree in marketing from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

Committees

  • Governance (Chair)
  • Finance and Risk Management
  • Executive

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M. DIANE KOKEN

Director since May 2017

Age 64

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • Director, Hershey Trust Company; Member, Board of Managers, Milton Hershey School (December 2015 to present)
  • Commissioner of Insurance in Pennsylvania (August 1997 to February 2007)
  • Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company (October 1975 to July 1997)

One of three representatives of Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School serving on our Board, Ms. Koken will be well positioned to bring to our Board valuable insights from our largest stockholder. Having served as Insurance Commissioner of Pennsylvania for three governors and as President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Ms. Koken has considerable expertise in the areas of insurance, risk management and regulatory affairs. Her experience in the areas of legal operations and corporate governance, developed throughout her 22-year career at a national life insurer that culminated in her serving as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, will further add to our Board.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • Capital Blue Cross (December 2011 to present)
  • NORCAL Mutual (January 2009 to present)
  • Nationwide Corporation; Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company; Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company (April 2007 to present)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in education from Millersville University
  • Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law

Committees

  • Compensation

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ROBERT M. MALCOLM

Director since December 2011

Age 64

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • Former President, Global Marketing, Sales & Innovation, Diageo PLC, a leading premium drinks company (June 2002 to December 2008)
  • Spent 24 years at The Procter & Gamble Company in positions of increasing responsibility

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.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • American Marketing Association
  • Boston Consulting Group (senior advisor)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Southern California
  • Masters of Business Administration degree in marketing from the University of Southern California

Committees

  • Finance and Risk Management (Chair)
  • Governance
  • Executive

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JAMES M. MEAD

Director since April 2011

Age 71

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • Director and President, Hershey Trust Company; Member, Board of Managers, Milton Hershey School
  • Founder and Managing Director, JM Mead, LLC, an economic advisory firm serving the health care industry (July 2004 to present)
  • CEO, PinnacleCare International, a private healthcare advisory and navigation company (July 2015 to present)

One of three representatives of Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School serving on our Board, Mr. Mead provides the Board with valuable perspective into the views of our largest stockholder. In addition, he has 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.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • Capital BlueCross (1984 to present)
  • PinnacleCare International (2012 to present)

Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree in economics from The Pennsylvania State University
  • Masters of Arts degree in economics from The Pennsylvania State University

Committees

  • Compensation (Chair)
  • Audit
  • Executive

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ANTHONY J. PALMER

Director since April 2011

Age 57

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of various personal care and health care products worldwide:
    • President, Global Brands and Innovation (April 2012 to present)
    • Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer (October 2006 to March 2012)

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.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia
  • Masters of Business Administration degree, with distinction, from the International Management Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

Committees

  • Audit 
  • Compensation

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THOMAS J. RIDGE

Director since November 2007

Age 71

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • Ridge Global, LLC, a global strategic consulting company
    • Chairman (August 2015 to present)
    • Chief Executive Officer (July 2006 to July 2015)
  • Co-founder (with Howard Schmidt), Ridge Schmidt Cyber, a provider of strategic services to companies in the area of cyber security (March 2014 to present)
  • Partner, Ridge Policy Group, a bipartisan, full-service government affairs and issue management group (April 2010 to present)
  • Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (October 2001 to February 2005)
  • Governor, Pennsylvania (1995 to 2001)

Mr. Ridge’s background and experiences are invaluable to our Board. As Chairman of Ridge Global, LLC, 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. 

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • Advaxis, Inc. (August 2015 to present)
  • Safety Quick Lighting & Fans Corp. (November 2014 to present)
  • LifeLock, Inc. (March 2010 to present)
  • Chart Acquisition Corp. (July 2011 to August 2015)
  • FS Investment Corporation (November 2011 to February 2014)
  • Exelon Corporation (May 2005 to October 2013)
  • Brightpoint, Inc. (September 2009 to October 2012)
  • Geospatial Holdings, Inc. (April 2010 to May 2012)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Harvard University
  • Juris Doctor degree from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University

Committees

  • Compensation
  • Governance

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DAVID L. SHEDLARZ

Director since August 2008

Age 68

Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • Pfizer Inc., a pharmaceutical, consumer and animal products health company:
    • Former Vice Chairman (July 2005 to December 2007)
    • Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (January 1999 to July 2005)

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, skills that are particularly valuable to the Board. Mr. Shedlarz also brings to our Board considerable international business and leadership experience he gained while at Pfizer.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • Teladoc, Inc. (September 2016 to present)
  • Pitney Bowes, Inc. (May 2001 to present)
  • Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association Board of Trustees (March 2007 to present)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Oakland/Michigan State University
  • Masters of Business Administration degree in finance and accounting from the New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Committees

  • Audit (Chair)
  • Finance and Risk Management
  • Executive

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