C. Daniel (Dan) Azzara, Ph.D.
(Retired) Senior Vice President, Global Research and Development
The Hershey Company
Dan Azzara is currently the Alan R. Warehime Professor of Food and Agribusiness in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University. In this position he is responsible for building interdisciplinary programs integrating technical, business and international perspectives. He is currently working in the College to develop an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center and teaches a class in Product Development and Strategic Management. He plans to continue work designed to better understand how industry, academia and policy makers interface to address challenges in the global food sector.
Dan is retired from The Hershey Company where he was Senior Vice President, Global Research and Development. In this role he was responsible for the Company's Product Development, New Technology and Product Improvement functions. As Senior Vice President, Dan served on the Hershey Executive Team reporting directly to the CEO. He contributed to a number of enterprise-wide initiatives including approach to innovation, talent management, improved supply chain efficiencies and global expansion.
Dan holds a doctorate in food science from The Pennsylvania State University. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in food science from Penn State, and a bachelor’s degree in science education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He was named Outstanding Alumnus from the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State in 2003. Dan served on the boards of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the International Food Information Council (IFIC), the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) and the Penn State Food Science Industrial Advisory Board. He currently serves on the International Information Council (IFIC) Foundation Board of Trustees. The IFIC Foundation is an educational nonprofit dedicated to effectively communicating science-based information about health, nutrition and food safety for the public good.