This excerpt taken from the HSY DEF 14A filed Mar 10, 2008.
Independence of Directors Elected at the 2007 Annual Meeting
Applying the categorical standards for independence, the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange and rules of the SEC, the directors elected at the 2007 annual meeting, which we refer to as the Former Board, determined that the following Resigning Directors were independent during the portion of the year 2007 in which they were directors: Jon A. Boscia, Robert H. Campbell, Gary P. Coughlan, Harriet Edelman, Bonnie G. Hill, Alfred F. Kelly, Jr., Mackey J. McDonald and Marie J. Toulantis. The Former Board also determined that Robert F. Cavanaugh, a director who did not resign on November 11, 2007, was independent and that Richard H. Lenny and David J. West (who was first elected to the Board on October 2, 2007) were not independent because they were executive officers of the Company.
The Former Board determined that Mmes. Edelman and Toulantis and Messrs. Boscia, Campbell and McDonald had no relationship with the Company during the time they were directors, other than their relationship as director and stockholder. Ms. Hill and Messrs. Cavanaugh, Coughlan and A. F. Kelly, Jr. had certain relationships with the Company during the time they were directors, in addition to being directors and stockholders, that the Former Board considered but determined ultimately not to be material.
Robert F. Cavanaugh. Mr. Cavanaugh is an independent member of the board of directors of Hershey Trust Company and the board of managers (governing body) of Milton Hershey School. Additional information regarding this relationship is provided below, under the heading Independence of Current Directors, Edward J. Kelly, III and Richard H. Lenny.
Gary P. Coughlan. The Company employed Mr. Coughlans adult daughter as a retail sales representative in our Sales Department during 2007 and through the date of her resignation from the Company in February 2008. She was employed and compensated in a manner consistent with our policies that apply to all employees. She has not been a resident of Mr. Coughlans household at any time within the past three years.
Bonnie G. Hill. Ms. Hill is a director of The Home Depot, a customer of the Company. All sales to The Home Depot in 2007 were made in the ordinary course of business.
Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. Mr. Kelly is an executive officer of American Express Company. American Express and its subsidiaries provide credit card and travel-related services to the Company and its employees. These services were provided in the ordinary course of business.