Confectionery and chocolate major Hershey India Pvt Ltd has announced the appointment of Herjit S. Bhalla as the company’s new Managing Director. He brings extensive experience in building consumer, food and retail brands and is an accomplished industry leader. Steven C. Schiller, President, International, The Hershey Company, commented on the appointment, stating, "We are happy to welcome Herjit into our Hershey International leadership team. India is a key focus market for Hershey globally. I am confident that his leadership will continue the growth path we are on in India as we continue to bring products to market that consumers love.” Commenting on his new role, Herjit said, “I feel honoured to be part of The Hershey Company and its legacy of more than 120 years. There is a lot of energy and a spirit of enterprise at Hershey India. I look forward to working closely with the teams and making a positive contribution toward the growth and progress of the company. I am confident that together we can take Hershey India to the next level.” Herjit has spent more than 16 years in various sales and marketing, management roles at Unilever in India, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. In his last position, Herjit served on the Board of Directors with Metro Cash & Carry handling operations for North and East India. Mr. Bhalla has repeatedly demonstrated his unique proficiency in effectively leading teams, turning around and building businesses, driving employee engagement, and positively impacting revenue growth. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., the Hershey Company is a global confectionery company known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolates, sweets, mints, and other great-tasting snacks. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive more than $7.5 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Jolly Rancher, and Ice Breakers. The company's non-food licensing program extends Hershey's mission of bringing sweet moments of Hershey happiness to the world every day. In the American non-food segment, Hershey has a strong portfolio of products that celebrate and complement its core and licensed food and beverage offerings, including a robust, year-round tabletop assortment from Fitz and Floyd, a line of confections-themed candles from Hanna's Candles, S'mores grilling accessories from Blue Rhino, and collaboration with eyewear designer Coco & Breezy. Hershey continues to introduce new categories with a full line of bedding, bath and beach items from Jay Franco & Sons, and puzzles from Masterpieces launching in 2017. 2017 will also see the expansion of the F&B brand extension program into Latin America.
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