Hershey Announces New Chief Marketing Officer

July 27, 2015

HERSHEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hershey Company announced today that marketing veteran Peter Horst will join the company as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, effective July 27.

Horst joins Hershey from Capital One Financial Corporation where he served as Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing, and prior to that, Chief Marketing Officer for Capital One Bank.

“Peter is a seasoned marketing leader who has the skills, experience and proven track record to continue to evolve our marketing organization, build our iconic brands and drive global growth for the company,” said J.P. Bilbrey, Chairman, President and CEO of The Hershey Company.

Mike Wege, former CMO, has been appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and continues as a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team. In this role, Wege will continue to lead the company’s global organizational agility and growth initiative and other strategic projects for the company.

“Mike is a highly experienced leader, and I appreciate his commitment to help position the company for future growth as we accelerate our business in new markets around the world,” added Bilbrey.

Horst is a marketing veteran with more than 25 years of experience at companies including General Mills, Verizon Business Online, Ameritrade and Capital One. As Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing at Capital One, he supported Capital One’s diversified businesses in credit cards, branch and Internet banking, home loans, small business and personal lending, auto finance and international markets. His team was responsible for driving integrated marketing, new product development and market research.

Horst holds an M.B.A. in Marketing & General Management from Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business and a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard.