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Hershey announces executive team changes

Published in CSP Daily News

HERSHEY, Pa. -- David J. West, president and CEO of The Hershey Co., has announced several changes to the Hershey Executive Team, effective immediately.

John P. Bilbrey has been named senior vice president and president of Hershey North America. Bilbrey joined Hershey in 2003 as senior vice president and president of Hershey International. In his new role, Bilbrey will lead Hershey's U.S. and Canadian businesses. He will report to West and continue as a member of the Hershey Executive Team.

Ted Jastrzebski has been named senior [image-nocss] vice president and president of Hershey International. He joined Hershey in 2004 and is currently vice president of international finance and planning. In his new role, he will report to West and will serve as a member of the Hershey Executive Team.

Michele Buck has been named senior vice president and global chief marketing officer. Buck, who joined Hershey in 2005, is currently senior vice president, chief marketing officer, U.S. In her new role, Buck will be responsible for driving world-class marketing and transformational growth platforms across the company. She will lead the company's efforts in the areas of consumer insights, portfolio strategy and innovation, The Hershey Experience, marketing excellence and corporate social responsibility. She will report to West and will serve as a member of the Hershey Executive Team.

In addition, the following leaders will be members of the Hershey Executive Team: Bert Alfonso, senior vice president and CFO; Marcella Arline, senior vice president and chief people officer; Dan Azzara, vice president global research and development; George Davis, vice president, chief information officer; and Burt Snyder, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Azzara, Arline, Alfonso and Snyder will report to West. Davis will report to Alfonso.

The company is conducting a search for a senior vice president of global operations. In the interim, the operations organization will report directly to West. Arline recently announced her retirement and has agreed to continue in her role while the company conducts a search for her successor.

Kenneth L. Wolfe becomes chairman of the board for The Hershey Co. on Jan. 1, 2008.