West to c.o.o. from c.f.o. at Hershey

by Eric Schroeder
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HERSHEY, PA. — The Hershey Co. has named David J. West executive vice-president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. Mr. West, 43, will be responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations, including Hershey’s North American Commercial Group, International Commercial Group, and global supply chain activities.

Most recently Mr. West was the company’s senior vice-president and chief financial officer. He will continue to hold the position of c.f.o. until his successor is named.

In making the announcement, Richard H. Lenny, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, "Dave’s broad experience throughout the Hershey organization makes him well-suited to be our chief operating officer. Dave has provided exceptional leadership in the areas of finance and sales while at Hershey, earning the respect of the financial community and our customers. He also was instrumental in the development of our value-enhancing strategy, as we delivered strong performance and tapped the vast potential of Hershey’s iconic brands. Dave’s in-depth knowledge and collaborative leadership style will be invaluable as we build Hershey’s momentum and aggressively pursue the company’s growth opportunities."

Mr. West joined Hershey in May 2001 as vice-president of business planning and development. He was named senior vice-president of business planning and development in 2002 and later was promoted to senior vice-president and chief customer officer. He was named senior vice-president and c.f.o. in 2005.

Prior to joining Hershey, he was senior vice-president and c.f.o. for Nabisco Biscuit and Snacks Group, with responsibility for leading the financial function of Kraft Foods’ biscuits, confections and snacks businesses. He joined Nabisco as senior cost analyst for the Planters/Life Savers Co. in 1987. During his 14-year career with Nabisco, he was vice-president of corporate strategy and business planning, and director of investment analysis, among others. He previously held positions in finance and cost accounting with Wearever Proctor-Silex and Unisys.

He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.

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