US confectionery firm Hershey has announced that Bryon Klemens, vice president, business development, will lead the company's treasury and investor relations functions.

Klemens, who reports to chief financial officer David West, will continue to have responsibility for identifying merger and acquisition opportunities. Klemens and his team will assume responsibility for investor relations in early 2006 upon the retirement of Jim Edris, vice president, investor relations. The company will conduct a search to replace Edris.

The company also announced that Rosa Stroh has been named vice president, treasurer. Stroh, who will report to Klemens, brings 23 years of experience in the treasury function at Hershey to her new position. Stroh, previously assistant treasurer and director, cash management, succeeds Robert Mazzoni Jr, vice president, global sourcing and treasurer, who is retiring at the end of the year.