Things got off to a bright start for John P. Bilbrey, the newly named chief executive officer of The Hershey Co., when he followed the news of his appointment with a projection that sales and profit growth would be at the high end of its expectations for the year. The Hershey, Pa.-based company had named Bilbrey, the former chief operating officer of the candy maker, as its interim president and CEO in May following the departure of longtime CEO David West, who left to become CEO of Del ...

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