Patricia Little will join company on March 16.

HERSHEY, PA. — Patricia A. Little has been named senior vice-president and chief financial officer of The Hershey Co., effective March 16. She succeeds David W. Tacka, who retired at the end of 2014.

In her role at Hershey, Ms. Little will oversee the company’s global finance organization and be a part of the company’s global leadership team reporting to John P. Bilbrey, president and chief executive officer. She will have responsibility for the financial management, planning and operations for the company’s $7.4 billion enterprise.

“We are very pleased to have Patricia joining our executive team,” Mr. Bilbrey said. “Patricia is a talented c.f.o. with outstanding experience in leading both corporate and financial strategy domestically and internationally. She has extensive knowledge of emerging markets, and her track record demonstrates an ability to help create value and growth.”

Ms. Little brings 30 years of broad financial experience and leadership to her role at Hershey, including tenures at Kelly Services and Ford Motor Co. She currently is executive vice-president and c.f.o. for Kelly Services, Inc. She is a board member and chair of the audit committee of McCormick & Co., Inc. Prior to joining Kelly in 2008, she spent 24 years with Ford Motor Co. holding leadership roles in both corporate and operational finance.

Ms. Little has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Drake University and a master’s degree in business administration from Carnegie Mellon.