Mary Beth West served as the former Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for The Hershey Company.
In this role, West drove the company’s growth and marketing strategies as well as communication, disruptive innovation, research and development, and mergers and acquisitions, and ignited the transformation of the company’s offerings beyond chocolate into snack categories, retiring from the company in January 2020.
Prior to Hershey, West was Executive Vice President, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer for JCPenney.
West has a proven track record of innovation and transformation across myriad facets of retail. She began her career at Kraft Foods, and over the course of 21 years of working on some of the food industry’s most iconic brands like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Oreo and Maxwell House coffee, she was named Chief Marketing Officer.
West earned an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University and a B.S. in Management from Nazareth College in Rochester.