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Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards

Michelle Buck

Michele Gross Buck '87 MBA

Michele Buck has more than three decades of experience as an accomplished and strategic business leader. She is currently president and chief executive officer of the Hershey Company, where she also serves as chairman of the board of directors. Ms. Buck has 30 years of consumer-packaged goods experience and a demonstrated track record of building iconic brands, strong teams and sustainable businesses.

As the company’s first female CEO, Ms. Buck is responsible for Hershey’s strategic direction, global operations and commercial activities. Prior to joining Hershey in 2005, she was an officer at Kraft and held various senior positions during her 17-year tenure there.

Ms. Buck serves as lead independent director on the Board at New York Life. In 2020, she was included on FORTUNE magazine’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

A native of central Pennsylvania, Ms. Buck earned a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University in 1982 and a Master of Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1987.