Commenting on Bhalla's appointment, The Hershey Company President International Steven C. Schiller said, "India is a key focus market for Hershey, globally. I am confident that Bhalla's leadership will continue the growth path we are on in India".
In November last year Hershey said it would invest USD 50 million in India over the next five years to scale up its operations in the country.
The Hershey Company, the world's fourth-largest confectioner maker, had entered India through a joint venture with Godrej Group in 2008, but dissolved it four years later, buying out the entire stake. India is among the four key markets for the company globally outside North America.
Hershey India's product portfolio includes brands like Hershey's Syrups, Hershey's Milk Booster, Hershey's Spreads, Hershey's Milk Shakes, Sofit, Jolly Rancher, Brookside Chocolates, Jumpin, Nutrine and Smart Cook.