David West leaving Hershey to lead Del Monte

by Eric Schroeder
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SAN FRANCISCO — David J. West has been named chief executive officer of Del Monte Foods Co., effective Aug. 15. Mr. West, who most recently was president and c.e.o. of The Hershey Co., will join Del Monte’s board of directors in June. He succeeds Neil Harrison, who was interim c.e.o. and who will remain on the board of directors.

A 25-year veteran of the food industry, Mr. West was Hershey’s c.e.o. since 2007. Prior to his c.e.o. role, he held various leadership positions at Hershey, including chief operating officer, chief financial officer, chief customer officer and senior vice-president of strategy and business development. Earlier in his career, he was senior vice-president and c.f.o. at Nabisco Biscuit and Snacks Group.

“We’re thrilled that an executive of Dave’s caliber will be leading Del Monte in the next phase of its development and growth,” said Simon Brown, Brian Ratzan and David Hooper, Del Monte board members. “Dave brings with him an outstanding track record of brand building and investment for growth and we are confident he has the leadership credentials and experience to move the company forward.”

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