Rakesh Popli joined The Hershey Company as Director, Open Innovation in 2013. In this role, Rakesh’s focus is to enhance Hershey’s innovation capabilities through connecting with external sources of product ideas, technologies and business processes. Prior to joining Hershey, Rakesh was in Open Innovation role as Technology Acquisition Manager at S.C. Johnson. His external innovation engagement efforts at S.C. Johnson contributed to a number of products, currently in US homes and on shelves in stores. Rakesh’s career includes roles in New Business Development and Technology Development. Rakesh has a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from M.I.T. and an MBA in Marketing/Business Strategy from The University of Chicago.