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Hershey CFO to Retire in Spring 2019

Little seeking a 'more relaxed lifestyle'

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Patricia Little, senior vice president and CFO of The Hershey Co., has announced her resignation from the chocolate giant. Little will retire in spring 2019, departing after four years with the company.

Hershey has yet to find her replacement.

“Patricia has been a critical leader at Hershey, providing counsel and partnership as I took the helm and charted a new vision for the company,” said Michele Buck, president and CEO of Hershey. “Patricia has been instrumental in helping create a more profitable and sustainable international business model, instilling a more disciplined cost management model across the enterprise and successfully leading the company’s financial systems implementation—an important piece of our ERP transformation. She will remain a strong partner to me and the business as we plan for her transition.”

During Little's time with the Hershey, Pa.-based company, its snacking category has consistently grown quarter after quarter, increasing 4% in the past year—a nod to its acquisition of Amplify Snack Brands Inc. in December 2017. The company was named the top snack and candy brand among parents in August 2018.

Little has held a variety of leadership roles throughout her career, such as director of global accounting for Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co., executive vice president and CFO of Troy, Mich.-based staffing company Kelly Services, and independent director and audit committee chair for Sparks, Md.-based packaged goods firm McCormick & Co. She joined Hershey in March 2015.

“After more than a decade as a CFO for two public companies, I am looking forward to a more relaxed lifestyle,” said Little. “Hershey is a wonderful company with a great future ahead of it.  I will continue to be focused on delivering our 2018 commitments and setting up the business with a strong 2019 plan.”

Hershey has more than 80 brands that drive more than $7.4 billion in annual revenues, including Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers and Brookside.

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