HERSHEY, Pa., Dec. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) today announced the appointment of Wendy L. Schoppert to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.
“Wendy has vast executive experience with significant financial leadership and expertise,” said J.P. Bilbrey, Chairman of the Board, The Hershey Company. “Her knowledge of the marketplace and guidance as a member of our board will provide tremendous leadership as Hershey progresses through its next phase of growth towards its vision of being an innovative snacking powerhouse.”
Schoppert, a successful business and financial executive, previously served on the senior executive team of Sleep Number Corporation, where she held the positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, interim Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of International and New Channel Development. Prior to joining Sleep Number, Schoppert led US Bank's Private Asset Management team and served as Head of Product, Marketing and Corporate Development for the bank's asset management division. Schoppert began her career in the airline industry, serving in various financial, strategic and general management leadership positions at American Airlines, Northwest Airlines and America West Airlines.
Schoppert serves on the boards of Big Lots, Inc., a national retailer, Bremer Financial Corporation, a financial services firm, Gaia, Inc., a global digital subscription service, and Nina Hale, Inc., a digital marketing agency. She is a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors and Co-Chair of the Minnesota chapter of Women Corporate Directors.
Schoppert earned her BA in Mathematics and Operations Research and MBA in Finance and General Management from Cornell University, where she is Vice Chair of the President’s Council of Cornell Women.
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 18,000 employees 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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