Michele Buck, Chairman, President and CEO of The Hershey Company announced new leaders who will join her executive management team.
“Our strong momentum over the course of 2019 positions the company well as we plan for 2020,” said Buck. He shared that the leadership changes further support the growth trajectory of the company. “Hershey continues to advance its vision of becoming an innovative snacking powerhouse, and these executive changes elevate proven commercial operators into leadership roles that will create strong business continuity, enhance strategic and analytical expertise, and bring fresh perspectives to take our business to the next level of sustainable growth,” he said.
Chris Scalia, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer – Scalia, currently Vice President, Global HR, has been promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Scalia has operated in senior executive roles leading all aspects of Hershey’s people and culture agenda including talent planning and development, data and analytics, and operational effectiveness. Scalia brings a strong business acumen and passion for how talent and culture drive performance. He joined the company in 2005 in the legal department with expertise in labor relations and transitioned to Human Resources in 2011. Scalia succeeds Kevin Walling, who is leaving the company to join a Fortune 200 company as CHRO early next year.
Chuck Raup, President, U.S. – Raup, currently Vice President, U.S. CMG, has been promoted to President, U.S. Raup will lead the company's flagship U.S. business, including core confection and its sales and go-to-market teams. He will be responsible for driving accelerated, sustainable growth for the company across traditional and digital channels, balancing top- and bottom-line in the short and long term. Raup has served in increasing roles of responsibility throughout his 10-year service with the company, most recently leading the turnaround of the core U.S. business.
Kristen Riggs, Chief Growth Officer – Riggs, currently Vice President, Innovation and Strategic Growth Platforms, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Growth Officer. Riggs will lead Hershey’s consumer intelligence and strategy capabilities, strategic growth platforms, marketing excellence functions, innovation, research and development, and The Hershey Experience. Riggs, a dynamic 15-year Hershey veteran, is a marketing, sales and commercial operations executive with experience leading billion-dollar businesses across brand marketing and sales.