HERSHEY, PA. — The Hershey Co. is searching for a new chief financial officer to succeed David W. Tacka, senior vice-president and c.f.o., when he retires at the end of the year.

With 40 years at the company, Mr. Tacka assumed his current position last May.

“He has made solid contributions during periods of transformation and growth and will be leaving the company in a very strong financial position,” said John P. Bilbrey, president and chief executive officer. “We have an experienced management team, great talent throughout the organization and the right vision, strategy and brands to win wherever we compete. As we look to the future we have confidence in our business model that positions Hershey for continued growth in both North America and key international markets.”

Hershey said it is working with a leading executive search firm to find Mr. Tacka’s replacement.