david_west.jpgDAVID J WEST

David west, 47, was at first just a Hershey director, but was elected to be president and Chief Executive Officer of Hershey in December 2007. From October to November 2007, he was President of Hershey; from January to October 2007 he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. From January 2005 to January 2007, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and he continued to be the Chief Financial Officer until July 2007 when his successor to that position was elected. He was Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer from June 2004 to January 2005 and was Senior Vice President, Sales from December 2002 to June 2004. As our President and Chief Executive Officer, David West has a complete and understanding knowledge of all aspects of the Company’s business. During his time at Hershey, David West held leadership roles in many key areas of the business. He has a lot of experience in finance, sales and marketing and has the benefit of having both a Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Hershey. Before joining Hershey, David West was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nabisco Biscuit and Snacks Group. David West has been a director of Tasty Baking Company since December 2003. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bucknell University. John Bilbrey will replace David West, who has informed the Board of Directors that he is leaving the Company for a position at another company. Mr. West, who is also a director of Hershey, will continue his job as director and Executive Vice President until he leaves the company on June 13, 2011.