West has spent nearly 25 years in the food industry and has been Hershey's CEO since 2007. He succeeds Neil Harrison at Del Monte, interim CEO, who will remain on the board of directors.
Del Monte board members said in a statement: “We're thrilled that an executive of Dave's caliber will be leading Del Monte in the next phase of its development and growth. Dave brings with him an outstanding track record of brand building and investment for growth and we are confident he has the leadership credentials and experience to move the company forward."
Meanwhile, John P. Bilbrey, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Hershey’s, has been named interim president and CEO.
Chairman of the board James E. Nevels said: "We're pleased that J.P. has accepted this position. He has worked closely with the board for several years and has been involved in all aspects of the Company's strategy and operations. The board has seen firsthand his leadership and expertise and unanimously made this appointment. We will work quickly to name a permanent chief executive officer to ensure the continuation of this orderly transition.”