Snacks & Candy

Global Chief Growth Officer Resigns From Hershey

Hernquist plans to work on ventures that leverage strategic consumer insights, innovation

HERSHEY, Pa. -- The Hershey Co. said that Thomas K. Hernquist, senior vice president and global chief growth officer, has resigned from the company, effective Dec. 31, 2007. Hernquist plans to work on ventures that leverage strategic consumer insights and innovation.

"In his early years here, Tom provided much-needed leadership to Hershey's marketing efforts by building new capabilities and strengthening our marketplace performance," said Richard H. Lenny, chairman and CEO for Hershey. "More recently, Tom has worked to develop our new product platforms [image-nocss] and accelerated the growth in Hershey's premium and dark chocolate portfolios."

Hernquist joined Hershey in 2003 as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, where he led the growth in Hershey's core brands and overall confectionery portfolio in North America. Prior to his current position, Hernquist was senior vice president and president of U.S. confectionery.

He joined Hershey from Fortune Brands where he served as senior vice president of global marketing, with responsibility for the company's distilled spirits business. He has served as senior vice president of marketing for Nabisco's Biscuit Division and vice president and general manager of Entenmann's, a unit of CPC International. He began his marketing career at Frito-Lay Inc.

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