Management & Charters

Management Team

John P. Bilbrey

Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Michele Buck

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Patricia Little

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

William Papa

Senior Vice President, Chief Research and Development Officer

D. Michael Wege

Senior Vice President, Global Strategy, India, Middle East, and Communications and CSR

Kevin Walling

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Peter Horst

Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Terence O'Day

Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Waheed Zaman

Senior Vice President, Knowledge and Technology

Leslie Turner

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Steven Schiller

President, China/Asia

PAMELA ARWAY

Director since May 2010

Age 62

Experience and Qualifications

  • Formerly served in a number of capacities with the American Express Company, Inc., a global payments, network and travel company, and its subsidiaries:
    • President, Japan/Asia Pacific/Australia Region, American Express International, Inc. (October 2005 to January 2008)
    • Chief Executive Officer, American Express Australia Ltd. (December 2004 to October 2005)
    • Executive Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Travel North America, American Express Company, Inc. (July 2000 to December 2004)

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 HealthCare Partners, 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

  • Governance (Chair)
  • Audit
  • Executive

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JOHN P. BILBREY

Chairman since April 2015, Director since June 2011

Age 59

Experience and Qualifications

  • Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hershey Company (April 2015 to present):
    • 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)
    • Various executive positions at Mission Foods and Danone Waters of North America, Inc.
  • 22-year career at The Procter & Gamble Company, serving in positions of increasing responsibility in the United States as well as numerous international assignments

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. 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. As Chairman, his leadership in the boardroom also ensures efficient communication between the Board and Company management.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • Colgate-Palmolive Company (March 2015 to present)
  • Former director of 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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ROBERT CAVANAUGH

Director since October 2003

Age 57

Experience and Qualifications

  • Director of Hershey Trust Company; member of the board of managers of Milton Hershey School:
    • Chairman of both organizations (2012 to 2015)
  • Chief Executive Officer of ValueRock Investment Partners, an owner/operator of retail real estate properties located throughout the western United States (January 2013 to February 2014) 
  • Chief Investment Officer of Vestar Development Company, a privately held retail real estate operating company in the western United States (October 2011 to January 2013) 
  • Managing Director of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, a global real estate private equity firm (October 1999 to October 2011)
  • Various positions with Deutsche Bank Securities; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; and LaSalle Partners

One of three representatives of Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School 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.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, where he earned academic honors

Committees

  • Finance and Risk Management
  • Management Governance

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CHARLES DAVIS

Director since November 2007

Age 67

Experience and Qualifications

  • Chief Executive Officer of 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)
  • Vice Chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a global professional services firm (September 1999 to May 2005)
  • 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

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.

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

  • Audit (Chair)
  • Executive

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MARY KAY HABEN

Director since August 2013

Age 59

Experience and Qualifications

  • Retired from Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a leading confectionery company, in February 2011: 
    • President, North America (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:
    • Senior Vice President, Open Innovation (2006 to 2007)
    • Senior Vice President, Global Snack Sector (2004 to 2006)
    • Group Vice President, Kraft Foods and President, Cheese, Enhancers and Meals (2001 to 2004)

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.

Public and Other Key Directorships

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

  • Compensation
  • Governance

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ROBERT MALCOLM

Director since December 2011

Age 63

Experience and Qualifications

  • Retired from Diageo PLC, a leading premium drinks company, in December 2008:
    • President, Global Marketing, Sales & Innovation (June 2002 to December 2008)
  • Spent 24 years at The Procter & Gamble Company in positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President, General Manager, Beverages Europe, Middle East, Africa

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
  • Just Marketing, Inc. (advisory board)
  • Boston Consulting Group (senior advisor)
  • Former director of Logitech International S.A. (June 2007 to September 2010)

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:

  • Compensation
  • Finance and Risk Management

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JAMES MEAD

Director since April 2011

Age 70

Experience and Qualifications

  • Director and non-executive president of Hershey Trust Company; member of the board of managers of Milton Hershey School
  • Founder and Managing Director of JM Mead, LLC, an economic advisory firm serving the health care industry (July 2004 to present)
  • Co-CEO of PinnacleCare International, a private healthcare advisory and navigation company (July 2015 to present)
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Capital BlueCross, a full-service managed-care and health insurance provider (1984 to 2004)

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.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • Serves on the board of directors of several privately held health care and health care technology firms
  • Capital BlueCross (Vice Chairman)
  • PinnacleCare International (July 2015 to present)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (1991 to 1996)
    • Chairman (1994 to 1996)
  • 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.

Education

  • Bachelor’s 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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JAMES NEVELS

Lead Independent Director since April 2015, Chairman from February 2009 to April 2015, Director since November 2007

Age 64

Experience and Qualifications

  • Director of Hershey Trust Company; member of the board of managers of Milton Hershey School
  • Chairman of The Swarthmore Group, an investment-advisory firm that he founded (1991 to present)
  • Appointed by the President of the United States to a three-year term on the advisory committee to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (2004 to 2007):
    • Chairman (2005 to 2007)

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.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • First Data Corporation (November 2014 to present)
  • WestRock Company (formerly MeadWestvaco Corporation) (June 2014 to present)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (January 2010 to December 2015):
  • Chairman (January 2014 to December 2015)
  • Deputy Chairman (January 2012 to January 2014)
  • Former director of Tasty Baking Company (May 2005 to May 2011)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in political science and philosophy from Bucknell University
  • Masters of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Committees

  • Audit
  • Compensation (ex-officio)
  • Executive
  • Finance and Risk Management (ex-officio)
  • Governance

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ANTHONY PALMER

Director since April 2011

Age 56

Experience and Qualifications

  • President, Global Brands and Innovation of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of various personal care and health care products worldwide (April 2012 to present):
    • Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer (October 2006 to March 2012)
  • Held positions of increasing responsibility at the Kellogg Company (June 2002 to September 2006):
    • Member of Worldwide Leadership Team (February 2003 to September 2006)
  • 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

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

  • Compensation
  • Finance and Risk Management

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THOMAS RIDGE

Director since November 2007

Age 70

Experience and Qualifications

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

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)
  • Former director of 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); and 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

  • Finance and Risk Management
  • Governance

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DAVID SHEDLARZ

Director since August 2008

Age 67

Experience and Qualifications

  • Retired from Pfizer Inc., a pharmaceutical, consumer and animal products health company, in December 2007:
    • 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 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.

Public and Other Key Directorships

  • 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

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

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