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Michele Buck brings more than 25 years of consumer packaged goods (CPG) experience to her role as The Hershey Co.’s chairman of the board of directors and its 12th president and CEO. She has two important roles — mom and business leader — that fulfill her life, and she’s motivated others by harnessing their strengths, expertise and perspectives.
Prior to becoming CEO in 2017, Buck held several senior leadership roles within the Pennsylvania-based company, including COO, leading Hershey’s day-to-day North American operations, and overseeing Hershey’s operations in Central and South America. Before joining Hershey in 2005, Buck spent 17 years at Kraft/Nabisco in numerous senior positions and at the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo. She serves on the board of directors at New York Life and as a benefit co-chair for the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. A native of central Pennsylvania, Buck earned a bachelor’s degree at Shippensburg University and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.