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It takes leadership to bring goodness to the world.

Our leaders are some of the most respected in the industry, bringing a variety of perspectives and expertise to the company in our collective quest to bring goodness to the world. Together, they set and execute the strategy for Hershey, leading this century-old iconic company into new markets, new categories and continual reinvention and innovation.


Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Damien Atkins is responsible for leading the corporate secretary, government relations, legal and security functions.

Prior to joining Hershey in August of 2018, he was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Panasonic Corporation of North America. At Panasonic, he managed the company’s full litigation portfolio and led global legal teams in several multi-jurisdictional Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and antitrust investigations, lawsuits and claims. He also led a global legal team in the $1 billion acquisition of the Hussmann Corporation in 2016.

Before Panasonic, Atkins was Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate and Chief Compliance Officer for AOL, Inc., leading a range of high-profile legal matters for the company, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate and real estate legal matters, including AOL’s spin‐off from Time Warner. In 1998, Atkins began his legal career as a corporate associate at Chadbourne & Parke (now known as Norton Rose). Atkins holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University where he was Senior Class President and a Mellon Scholar, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.


Chairman of the Board
President and Chief Executive Officer

Michele Buck brings more than 25 years of consumer packaged goods experience to her role as Hershey’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and 12th President and Chief Executive Officer. She has two important roles – mom and business leader – that fulfill her life and she’s motivated by harnessing others’ strengths, expertise and perspectives.

Buck has held several senior leadership roles within the company. Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer, leading Hershey’s day-to-day North American operations and overseeing Hershey’s operations in Central and South America.

Before joining Hershey in 2005, Buck served 17 years at Kraft/Nabisco in numerous senior positions and at the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo.

She serves on the Board of Directors at New York Life, and as a Benefit Co-Chair for the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. A native of central Pennsylvania, Buck earned a Bachelor’s degree at Shippensburg University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


President, Amplify Snack Brands

Hector de la Barreda leads the Amplify Snack Brands business, an important strategic growth priority for Hershey.

De la Barreda is a seasoned senior executive with deep operational and general management experience that he brings to the role as he guides the strategic direction and growth acceleration of these important snacking brands.

His record of success in Hershey’s international markets includes leading the growing Mexico business for many years and most recently leading Hershey Canada, the company’s second largest market, through a business transformation. He also led the company’s International Regional Markets (Latin America, Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa)

Prior to joining Hershey, de la Barreda served as CEO of a Coca-Cola joint venture that specialized in the dairy business. Before that, he led the Latin America Commercial Development team for Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest Coca-Cola Bottler in the world.

De la Barreda has been a Board member of CONMEXICO, Enactus Mexico and recently in Food & Consumer Products of Canada. He holds a Bachelor´s degree in Actuarial Sciences and post graduate degree in Finance, both from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).


President, International

Rohit Grover is President of International for The Hershey Company. In this role, he is responsible for leading Hershey’s international businesses including its scale markets, focused emerging markets and export priorities.

Grover has held a variety of senior management roles within The Hershey Company, including most recently as Vice President and General Manager, Greater China, where he designed and led the turnaround of Hershey’s China business. Previously, Grover was GM Hershey Canada and prior to this role, he was GM South East Asia. He was also General Manager, Middle East and led Hershey’s entry into the region.

Grover began his 25-year career in marketing at Colgate Palmolive and MTV in India and has since worked in nearly all of Hershey’s international markets.

A native of India, Rohit holds an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Miami. In addition, he has attended several executive programs at University of Chicago and Harvard Business School.


President, U.S.

Charles (Chuck) Raup leads Hershey’s flagship U.S. business including core confection, expanding portfolio across snacking and the marketing, sales and go-to-market teams. He is responsible for driving accelerated, sustainable growth for the company across traditional and digital channels, balancing top- and bottom-line in the short and long term.

Raup has broad experience leading snacking operations across candy, mint and gum. He has served in increasing roles of responsibility throughout his 10-year service with the company, most recently leading the turnaround of the core U.S. business. Before that, he was Vice President/General Manager, Mexico, improving its operations and performance.

Raup joined Hershey in 2009 after 13 years at Kraft Foods. He served seven years in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer.

He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s degree in business from Penn State University.

Raup is an active member of Horizons for Youth, an organization that provides scholarships, mentoring and enrichment programs for children in low-resource areas of Chicago.


Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Jason Reiman, Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, is responsible for all global supply chain-related strategies and activities including procurement, manufacturing, quality and regulatory, engineering, logistics, supply chain planning, as well as network strategy and optimization.

In his previous role as Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Jason worked directly with commercial business partners to drive superior quality, customer service, margin expansion and growth for the business. As Vice President, U.S. Supply Chain Operations and Vice President, AEMEA Supply Chain Operations, he was responsible for all supply chain activities for the regional businesses. He has also held roles including Vice President, Global Logistics, where he led the Insights Driven-Supply Chain as well as eCommerce Supply Chain, Vice President, Global Customer Service, Planning & Logistics, Senior Director, Sales & Operations Planning, as well as a variety of positions in the areas of customer service, demand planning, production planning, and inventory management. Before joining Hershey in 1996, Reiman worked as a Supply Chain Consultant with Manugistics, Inc.

Reiman holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Logistics from The Pennsylvania State University. He currently serves on the board of directors of the World Cocoa Foundation. He has also served on the board of directors for the Elizabethtown Public Library and co-chaired Hershey’s United Way Campaign. Jason has been recognized with the 2015 Dr. Robert Pashek Award in Supply Chain, 2014 Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) Visionary Award as well as the Smeal College of Business 2013 Undergraduate Distinguished Achievement Award. He currently resides in Elizabethtown, Pa., with his wife and three children.


Senior Vice President, Chief Growth Officer

Kristen Riggs oversees the company’s growth strategy, including the consumer intelligence and strategy team, strategic growth platforms, marketing excellence functions, innovation, research and development, and The Hershey Experience. Her focus is to accelerate the company’s enterprise growth.

Riggs is a dynamic Hershey veteran with marketing, sales and commercial operations experience leading billion-dollar businesses across brand marketing and sales. She has a proven track record of transforming operations and cultures to drive growth and profitability. As Vice President and GM of Commercial Planning, she led U.S. Volume Planning and Integrated Business Management along with a range of commercial strategic planning responsibilities.

Riggs joined The Hershey Company in 2005 and has held a range of commercial leadership roles in brand marketing, shopper marketing, global marketing, sales, the Reese’s brand and was VP/GM of Brand Commercialization.

Before joining Hershey, Riggs worked as an engineer for Samsung Semiconductor in Austin, Texas. Riggs holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University.


Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Chris Scalia is responsible for the company’s people and culture vision, strategy and execution. He brings a strong business acumen and passion for how talent and culture drive performance.

He has previously operated in senior executive roles leading Hershey’s global HR operations and business partner teams. He has also been responsible for talent planning and development, data and analytics, operational effectiveness as well as the strategic planning of Human Resources.

His leadership roles at Hershey have included Chief Talent Officer, Vice President, HR Business Partner, Global Functions; Senior Director, HR Business Partner, Global Supply Chain.

Scalia joined the company in 2005 in the legal department with an expertise in labor relations and transitioned to Human Resources in 2011.

He began his career in the HR Law Practice Group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, the world’s leading HR law practice. Scalia earned a Master of Human Resources from Cornell University, a Juris Doctorate from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Juniata College. He remains a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania.

Outside of work, Scalia actively mentors and advocates for children at risk, suicide prevention and the expansion of educational opportunities.


Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Steve Voskuil is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Hershey Company. In this role, Voskuil oversees the global finance organization, including financial planning and analysis, accounting and reporting, tax, treasury, internal audit, and investor relations.

Prior to joining Hershey in May 2019, Voskuil was Chief Financial officer Hershey at Avanos Medical, a $700 million global medical device company, where he served since 2014. Avanos was previously branded as Halyard Health, Inc. before the sale of its $1 billion supplies division. Voskuil was also Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Halyard for four years where he led its successful spinoff from Kimberly-Clark. He previously served more than two decades as a finance executive at Kimberly-Clark and demonstrated strategic, operational and transformative leadership in addition to his deep financial expertise.

Voskuil has a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto.

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