Michele Buck, President and CEO of The Hershey Company
"I joined Hershey in 2005 as Chief Marketing Officer. When J.P. Bilbrey took over as CEO about two years ago, he said we needed to look at our next phase of growth and get to the next level by having a growth officer and having the company driven by a marketplace approach rather than a financial approach to strategy. He said: How are we going to win for the next 20 years looking at the marketplace, the environment and what's going on with the consumer? My first task was to architect the company vision for the next 20 years."
"My approach was always to get the very best experiences and a breadth of experience. My first assignment had a plant reporting to me that was in dire straits and was going to be shut down. I seized the opportunity to focus my time there. Learn in each of your assignments. Learn from each person you work with. You get promoted and advanced by making a difference. If you’re a status quo manager--male or female--it's not going to work. Make the mark."
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