Michele Buck's

Day One Address


Michele Buck
President & CEO, The Hershey Company

A note from Michele to her Hershey colleagues: 

Today I begin my leadership and service to Hershey and each of you as President and CEO.  

It’s a humbling moment. Joining Hershey 12 years ago was like coming home. My roots are in the greater Hershey community. My three children have grown up surrounded by the legacy we work to expand every day. 

Our beloved brands put smiles on their faces. They’ve become part of our most cherished family traditions. The joy our work brings to my family and each of yours grows exponentially as we look across the world.  

Hershey is a company with heart. Our commitment to bringing goodness has been unwavering for 123 years. 

Let me say this with resounding confidence: our greatest days are ahead of us. 

The Hershey team is the best in the business. Together, we have every right to continue winning in the face of a changing industry. We were borne from the vision of a resilient entrepreneur. These are our shared roots. 

As we begin this journey together, I’d like to share what inspires and motivates me. I mentioned my family earlier. It’s my two important roles – mom and business leader – that fulfill my life. 

I also believe in the power of everyone bringing their very best to the table. I’m motivated by harnessing others’ strengths, expertise and perspectives to act courageously.  

This moment in our company’s story calls for transformational thinking, which will come from people filled with optimism about our future; people who are open to all ideas no matter where they come from; and, people who believe deeply in our company purpose. Our ability to transform and drive growth will define how this chapter is written.

We are poised to win today and have tremendous opportunity ahead of us.

As CEO I intend to listen to your thoughts and perspectives on our business, to learn more every day and lead us into what will be a great future.