Hershey CEO John Bilbrey joins the board four years after taking chief executive post

Hershey's John Bilbrey is joining the board at the confectioner four years after he was named CEO.

Profits at the company have risen every year save for 2014 and shares hit an all-time on in January, but have fallen 3 percent since then.

Hershey posts its first quarterly report of the year on April 23.

Bilbrey takes the position from James Nevels who recommended putting Bilbrey on the board. Nevels will now become the lead independent director, the company said Thursday.

Shares of The Hershey Co. fell a couple cents on Wednesday to $100.89.