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Hershey names new CEO

The Hershey Co. board of directors today named the company’s next president, chief executive officer and director.

The Hershey Co. board of directors today named the company’s next president, chief executive officer and director.

Executive vice president and chief operating officer David J. West will replace Richard H. Lenny, who yesterday announced his retirement as chairman, president and CEO.

West will take over as president and director of the company immediately, according to Hershey. He will take over the CEO position Dec. 1, according to Hershey.

Lenny will remain chairman through the end of the year.

The board appointed Robert H. Campbell, a member of the board of directors and chairman of the compensation and executive organization committee, as non-executive chairman of the board effective Jan. 1.

Hershey shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HSY.

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