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Hershey Entertainment names John Lawn its new CEO

John Lawn - (Photo / Submitted)

After being named president last fall, John Lawn has added CEO to his title in Chocolate Town.

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co. today announced that Lawn now holds both titles, effective immediately. He succeeds Bill Simpson as CEO. Simpson is retiring at the end of the year and will serve as CEO emeritus until then.

The company announced Simpson’s plan to retire last summer and Lawn, then COO, was promoted to president in October.

Lawn started with the company in 2004 as food and beverage director at Hersheypark. He was promoted to assistant general manager of the park in 2005 before moving to associate vice president of company operations in 2010. 

He quickly advanced to vice president of operations and was named COO in 2015.


With Lawn’s promotion, the COO position is now open .

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