Speaker Profile

Mary-Ann Somers
Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Confections / The Hershey Company

Mary-Ann Somers is General Manager/VP at The Hershey Company and is responsible for the $7B U.S. Confection business. Hershey’s U.S. business consists of iconic brands, including Hershey’s, Reese’s, Kit Kat, Kisses, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers, York, as well as new and emerging brands like Brookside and barkThins. Mary-Ann joined the company as part of the leadership team in March 2015 and is leading efforts to evolve Hershey’s commercial and marketing models in the U.S., develop talent, and nurture the company’s culture.

Prior to joining Hershey, Mary-Ann was General Manager/SVP at the Coca-Cola Company where she managed the Water, Tea and Coffee categories, including Dasani, Gold Peak Tea, Fuze Refreshments, and Honest Tea & Kids. Before joining Coke in 2009, Mary-Ann held various domestic and global leadership positions at Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever, Merck and General Mills.

She holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School, Dartmouth College.