November 9, 2009
Vol. 25 , No. 05
Robert Day School Distinguished Speaker Series
Lunch with a Leader: The Confectionery Industry
DAVID WEST P'12
MONDAY, NOVEMBER, 9, 2009
LUNCH 11:30 a.m.. LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
David J. West is President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hershey Company, the leading manufacturer of quality confectionery and snack products. Prior to his current position, Mr. West was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations, including Hershey’s North American Commercial Group, International Commercial Group, and global supply chain activities.
Prior to his role as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Mr. West was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. He joined Hershey in 2001 as Vice President, Business Planning and Development, and subsequently was promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Planning and Development. In December 2002, he was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer, and was named Chief Financial Officer in 2005.
Before joining Hershey, Mr. West was Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Nabisco Biscuit and Snacks Group, with responsibility for leading the financial function of Kraft Foods’ biscuits, confections and salty snacks businesses, a $6 billion group. During his 14-year career with Nabisco, he held the positions of Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Planning, and Director, Investment Analysis, among others. Prior to this, he held positions in finance and accounting with Wearever Proctor-Silex and Unisys.
Mr. West received a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in business administration from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa. He has served on the board of directors of The Hershey Company since 2008; the board of directors of the Grocery Manufacturers Association since 2007; and on the board of directors of the Tasty Baking Company since December 2003, and is chairman of its Strategic Planning Committee. During his presentation, Mr. West will discuss the confectionery industry while sharing some of his strategies for success.