US CANDY maker Hershey has held discussions with former Cadbury head Todd Stitzer about taking a seat on its board, it is understood.
Stitzer, who left the British confectioner in 2010 after it was taken over by Kraft Foods, is also being considered for the chief executive job at Hershey, though interim boss John Bilbrey is said to be the most likely candidate.
Bilbrey was named interim chief executive after David West announced last month that he was leaving Hershey for the top job at Del Monte.
Hershey’s board and the committee handling the chief executive search have meetings scheduled for next week.
Hershey said it was “committed to conducting an effective, expeditious and confidential search”.
City A.M. Reporter