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Hershey Interim CEO May Get Permanent Job If Outsiders Balk

Hershey Co.’s newly named interim chief executive officer, John Bilbrey, may emerge as the best candidate for the permanent job because the trust that controls the candy maker could scare off outsiders.

The Hershey trust, which has 80 percent of the voting power, clashed with Bilbrey’s predecessor, David West, and the board in recent years. The most recent battle happened when West resisted the trust’s entreaties to counter Kraft Foods Inc.’s successful bid to acquire Cadbury Plc.