A former Hershey Company executive has joined the ownership group of Wolfgang Candy Co.

Andrew Jacobs is starting Monday as the North York candy manufacturer's new president, focusing on retail sales and marketing.

"The goal is to build a branded business among national and regional retailers," he said.

Jacobs will partner with CEO Ben McGlaughlin, who led the confectionery maker through bankruptcy and a change in ownership during 2012 while retaining all 100 employees.

Along with the Stillman family-a Lancaster-based group that purchased the 92-year-old candy company for $1 million in October - Ben McGlaughlin and his brother Brad McGlaughlin, the new president is also an equity owner in Wolfgang.

"We're making an investment in him, and obviously he's making an investment in us, too," Ben McGlaughlin said.

Jacobs, a 46-year-old candy industry veteran from Lancaster, said he's excited to be part of "a great opportunity."

"Wolfgang is a gem. It's a turnaround story and has emerged from bankruptcy stronger than ever," he said.

The company's new president is part of the candy maker's continued turnaround, Ben McGlaughlin said.

"Retail is a big piece of the future of Wolfgang, and (Jacobs) will have a big role charting that course," he said.

Jacobs most recently he spent 10 years as vice president and general manager of U.S. customers for Hershey. In that role, he led all U.S. sales.


Before that, he held marketing leadership roles for Brach's Confections and Nabisco's Lifesavers division.

"We saw the importance of ... investing in our senior leadership team to take full advantage of Wolfgang's potential for becoming one of the nation's premium confections," said Mike Stillman, majority stakeholder in Wolfgang. "We are fully confident in our senior team to take Wolfgang into new markets."

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.