John K. Lawn

Chairman, President & CEO at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

John was appointed a Director of the company in June 2017, and elected Chairman of the Board in September 2019. John was elected Chief Executive Officer in June 2017 after serving as President since September 2016. He previously served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and held other leadership positions in the Entertainment division, including Director of Food & Beverage and Assistant General Manager of Hersheypark®. Prior to joining the company, John worked with clients at Yankee Stadium, FedEx Field, and the Men's US Open Championships, as well as at other sporting venues and premier hospitality events throughout the country. John is a member of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). He serves on the boards of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and Penn State Harrisburg Board of Advisers.


  • Chairman, President & CEO

    Current role