This excerpt taken from the HSY DEF 14A filed Mar 10, 2008.
What is the composition of the Board?
On November 11, 2007, we announced that eight of the directors who were elected by our stockholders at the 2007 annual meeting had resigned. Those directors were 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. Throughout this proxy statement, we will refer to these directors as the Resigning Directors.
We also announced on November 11, 2007 that Hershey Trust Company, as trustee for the Milton Hershey School Trust, through stockholder action effected by written consent:
Hershey Trust Company and the Milton Hershey School Trust are stockholders of the Company whose holdings are described in greater detail beginning on page 35 of this proxy statement.
Robert F. Cavanaugh and Richard H. Lenny, directors who had been elected by our stockholders at the 2007 annual meeting, remained on the Board along with David J. West, our current President and Chief Executive Officer, who was elected to the Board in October 2007 by the directors then in office. Richard H. Lenny, who also held the offices of President through October 1, 2007 and Chief Executive Officer through November 30, 2007, retired on December 31, 2007 as a director and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
On February 13, 2008, the Board elected to reduce the number of directors from 13 to ten. As a result of this action, three vacancies existing on the Board were eliminated. On February 28, 2008, the Board elected to reduce the number of directors from ten to nine following the resignation of Edward J. Kelly, III, one of our New Directors, on February 22, 2008.
Throughout this proxy statement, we will sometimes refer to the New Directors (excluding Edward J. Kelly, III), along with Mr. Cavanaugh and Mr. West, as the Current Directors.