The Hershey Company announces John P. Bilbrey as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the company, effective immediately.
Bilbrey has more than 30 years of global consumer packaged goods experience. He was named Hershey's interim President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2011. Bilbrey was named Chief Operating Officer in November 2010 with responsibility for day-to-day global operations and commercial activities, leading the company's supply chain as well as geographic regions, including the U.S.A., the Americas and Asia. From December 2007 to November 2010, he was Senior Vice President, President, Hershey North America. Bilbrey played a key leadership role in the company's turnaround as well as in the creation and implementation of the company's confectionery demand landscape and establishment of Hershey's presence in markets around the world.
Bilbrey joined Hershey in 2003 as Senior Vice President, President Hershey International. Before joining Hershey, Bilbrey held executive positions at Mission Foods and Danone Waters of North America, Inc., a division of Groupe Danone, Paris, France. He was responsible for all operations of Groupe Danone's North American water division. Additionally, he spent 22 years at The Procter & Gamble Company where he served in positions of increasing responsibility in both the U.S. domestic business as well as numerous international assignments. He has lived abroad and worked in more than 50 countries in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Asia.