Parsons Joins Hershey as VP Snack Platforms, Tech Center Ops
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Mary Parsons has been named vice president of snack platforms and tech center operations at The Hershey Co., effective immediately.
Parsons will report to Dan Azzara, vice president of global innovation and quality.
will be responsible for research and product development programs for Hershey's snack platforms.
will build on Hershey's snack portfolio and set the strategic direction for product development in these areas.
Parsons will also oversee tech center operations and sensory science and insights.
will work closely with the U.S. Commercial Group, the Global Growth and Innovation Group and the International Commercial Group
brings more than 20 years of experience in product and packaging innovation, R&D
and consumer insight, Azzara said.
will play a key role as we continue to bring exciting new products to market and improve process and formulation on existing items.
Most recently, Parsons was vice president of research and development at Frito-Lay, where she led the R&D team responsible for innovation and process development for a wide range of snacks, cookies, crackers, meats and nuts.
Prior to this position, Parsons was vice president of worldwide technology and quality assurance at Frito-Lay, where she had responsibility for a team developing new snack products for international markets.
She joined Frito-Lay as a project engineer/section manager in 1987.
Parsons started her career with Dow Chemical.