Mary Beth West is Senior Vice President & Chief Growth Officer of The Hershey Company. West oversees the company’s growth strategy, including disruptive innovation, research and development, mergers & acquisitions, insights and analytics, marketing strategy and communication, and The Hershey Experience.
Prior to joining Hershey on May 1, 2017, West’s most recent role was as Executive Vice President, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer at J.C. Penney, where she previously sat on the Board of Directors for nearly a decade. In more than 20 years at Mondelez, and Kraft Foods, she worked on some of the world’s most iconic brands including, Jello, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Oreo, Maxwell House, Cadbury, Milka, Trident and many others.
West currently serves on the Board of Trustees for both The Wallace Foundation and Mercy Ships.
West received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Nazareth College of Rochester and an MBA in marketing from Columbia University.