Hershey bolsters executive leadership team

by Eric Schroeder
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Todd Tillemans, Hershey
Todd Tillemans has been named president, U.S., at The Hershey Co.

HERSHEY, PA. — Todd Tillemans has been named president, U.S., at The Hershey Co., effective April 3. Mr. Tillemans’ appointment was one of several changes announced by the company for its eight-member executive leadership team.

As president of U.S., Mr. Tillemans will lead the company’s flagship U.S. business, including core confection, snacks, sales and go-to-market teams. He has spent the past 23 years at Unilever P.L.C., most recently as president of customer development, U.S.

Steven Schiller, Hershey
Steven Schiller, president, international, Hershey

Steven Schiller, currently president of China and Asia, has been named president, international. Mr. Schiller will continue to oversee the China and Asia markets and will add responsibility for the Americas region, India and Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Terry O’Day, currently chief supply chain officer, has been named senior vice-president, chief product supply and technology officer. Mr. O’Day will continue to oversee the company’s supply chain organization and will assume responsibility for Hershey’s productivity, information technology and enterprise connectivity initiatives.

Four individuals will continue in their roles. They are: Patricia Little, senior vice-president and chief financial officer; Leslie Turner, senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary; Kevin Walling, senior vice-president and chief human resources officer; and Mike Wege, senior vice-president and chief administrative officer.

The eighth member of the leadership team will be an as yet unnamed chief growth officer, who will lead the company’s insights and analytics, strategy, marketing excellence functions, innovation, research and development, mergers and acquisitions, and The Hershey Experience. The company said it has identified an external candidate who is expected to join the team this spring.

Waheed Zaman, Hershey
Waheed Zaman, chief knowledge and technology officer

Also in connection with the announcements, Hershey said Waheed Zaman, chief knowledge and technology officer, will retire effective March 31.

“Hershey is an innovative snacking leader with its No. 1 market share in U.S. confection and increasing breadth across U.S. snacking,” said Michele Buck, incoming president and chief executive officer. “I’m extremely confident in the individuals who will lead our organization as we delight our customers and consumers with innovation and news in the marketplace and strive to deliver leading sales growth and margins across the food industry. This is a great team, with a range of experiences, expertise and backgrounds to accelerate our innovation, execute with excellence, instill a commercial mindset in all we do, and inspire our remarkable employees to achieve our goals.”

Ms. Buck, who currently is executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Hershey, will succeed John P. Bilbrey as president and c.e.o. on March 1. 
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