Adrian Mebane (C'91)

Between 2014 and 2018, Adrian D. Mebane was deputy general counsel and vice president, Global Commercial & Supply Chain, and most recently, interim general counsel for The Hershey Company. In these roles, he provided strategic leadership for the Departments of Global Law, Government Relations, and Corporate Security to ensure successful day-to-day functions as well as long-term organizational health. He played a key role in collaborating with the CEO, other members of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and management teams in assessing and resolving sensitive legal and compliance matters, addressing external inquiries, evaluating commercial decisions and brand direction, and directing overall corporate strategy. Mebane also served as Hershey’s primary ethics officer and his of the Law Department resulted in a significant increase in gender and racial diversity in leadership roles and retention of top talent.

Prior to joining Hershey, Mebane worked for Weatherford, a leading provider of oilfield services and products, where he directed government and internal investigations into company’s conduct respective to violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Mebane was counsel in the White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement Practice at the law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C. before joining Weatherford. As Counsel with the firm, he provided world- class defense in high-profile and extremely complex cases.

Mebane began his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County in Chicago, where he held full accountability for all felony cases involving hate crimes and violent repeat offenders on Chicago’s South Side under the Community Prosecutions Division of the Public Interest Bureau.

Mebane is an established speaker and author widely recognized as a global expert on legal and compliance matters. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law.

Mebane will be featured on The Power of Our Dollars: Corporate Social Responsibility panel with Ernest Tuckett (C'92, L'95), Jason White (B'99), Sundaa Bridgett-Jones (F'93), and Laetitia Morrisson (G'11)