Mary Beth West

Chief Growth Officer, The Hershey Co.

Mary Beth West is SVP, 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. Her inspirational leadership style and passion for consumers, innovation and creativity has unlocked growth on countless brands.

West is currently on the Board of Directors for Hasbro Inc. and the Board of Trustees for both The Wallace Foundation and Mercy Ships. She received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Nazareth College of Rochester and a Master of Business Administration in marketing from Columbia University.

She is an active volunteer with the Gladney Center for Adoption. West has been recognized for her achievements by Crain’s Chicago Business, Minority MBA’s Next Generation of Business Leaders, Girls Inc., and Advertising Age. In 2017, Black Enterprise magazine named her as one of 100 most powerful people in corporate America.