HERSHEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) announced today that sales veteran Rob Gehring will join the company as Global Chief Sales Officer, effective January 18, 2016.
Gehring joins Hershey from Coca-Cola North America where he served as President, Walmart Global Team since 2011.
“Rob is a seasoned sales leader who has deep experience in consumer packaged goods, strong customer relationships and a proven track record,” said Michele Buck, President North America of The Hershey Company. “We are excited to have Rob join Hershey to lead our global sales team and strengthen our sales organization around the world.”
Gehring is a sales veteran with more than 20 years of experience with large category-leading brands in key retail channels. During his tenure at Coca-Cola, he held a variety of roles including leading the field sales organization in Canada across all trade classes and leading sales for the Western United States, where he focused on customer and channel performance. Gehring’s experience also includes product commercialization and pricing architecture. Various programs led by Gehring have received recognition and won marketing awards.
Gehring holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Arizona State University.
About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. Hershey has approximately 22,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive more than $7.4 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers and Brookside. Building on its core business, Hershey is expanding its portfolio to include a broader range of delicious snacks. The company remains focused on growing its presence in key international markets while continuing to extend its competitive advantage in North America.
At Hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For more than 120 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on giving underserved children the skills and support they need to be successful. Today, the company continues this social purpose through 'Nourishing Minds,' a global initiative that provides basic nutrition to help children learn and grow. From neighborhoods across the United States to the streets of Shanghai and Mumbai and villages of West Africa, our goal is to nourish one million minds by 2020.
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