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John (J.P.) Bilbrey

J.P. Bilbrey is president and chief executive officer of The Hershey Company, a global leader in confection. Bilbrey, who graduated from K-State in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, has more than 30 years of consumer packaged goods experience and has been instrumental in the growth of some of the world’s largest and best-known brands. He has broad international experience, working in more than 50 countries around the world, and has lived a large part of his working career outside the United States.

Bilbrey is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He also is a U.S. private sector member of the president’s U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum and the newly established advisory council on Doing Business in Africa. 

Bilbrey serves on the board of directors of The Hershey Company and McCormick & Company. He serves as chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers Association executive board, on the Kansas State University College of Business Administration Dean’s Advisory Council and as chairman of Enactus.



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