Hershey appoints new global chief sales officer

The Hershey Company has appointed  Marlene Creighton as global chief sales officer, as the business continues to expand its domestic and global operations, writes Neill Barston.

As the company noted, after 26 years with the company, the former postholder Phil Stanley is to transition out of the company to pursue opportunities outside of the business.

“In her four years at Hershey, Marlene has led incremental growth with our retail partners and is spearheading our commercial strategy as part of our company’s Snacking Powerhouse vision. Her energy and passion for building diverse and inclusive teams, developing people and driving new capabilities are a perfect match for our growth ambition and employee experience,” said Michele Buck, The Hershey Company President and CEO.

“I want to thank Phil for the legacy he has built here at Hershey to set us up for success in the future. From his earliest days on the retail floor to building our category management capabilities and partnering with our longstanding retail partners, his energy and influence have been felt across the company.”

Marlene brings more than 20 years of CPG experience working across sales, category management and brands with P&G, Unilever and now Hershey. Throughout her career, she has a track record of building winning partnerships inside and outside of the company with retail partners and community organisations, including the Boys and Girls Club and Champion for Kids. She is an advocate for mentoring and dedicates time to helping colleagues develop personally and professionally. Most importantly, Marlene is a mom, and she spends as much time as she can volunteering for her children’s school and sports activities.

“As Hershey’s Chief Global Sales Officer, alongside our extremely talented sales organisation, I am committed to continuing to strengthen our relationships across the business and with our retail partners,” said Marlene. “I want to thank Phil for all he has done to shape our sales team and lead our category. Building from a position of strength, we have so much potential in front of us, and I can’t wait to get started.”

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