William Wrigley, Jr. II

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William Wrigley, Jr.
Born (1963-10-06) October 6, 1963 (age 50)
Occupation Business executive
Spouse(s) Heather Wrigley
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter by marriage to Kandis Hanson
Parents William Wrigley III and Alison (Hunter) Wrigley

William Wrigley, Jr. II (born October 6, 1963), a.k.a. Bill Wrigley, Jr., is the current chairman and former CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. He turned over the office of CEO to William Perez on October 23, 2006. Perez, former CEO of Nike and SC Johnson, was the first non-Wrigley head of the company.

A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Duke University and Phoenix Country Day School in Phoenix, Arizona, Bill, Jr. is the son of William Wrigley III (1933–1999), the grandson of Philip K. Wrigley (1894–1977) and the great-grandson of William Wrigley, Jr. (1861–1932).[1]

Under his leadership the company expanded beyond chewing gum by purchasing Altoids and Life Savers from Kraft Foods' candy division.

In an e-mail to Wrigley employees dated January 4, 2010, he announced his intention to step down as chairman "as of this month".[citation needed][dated info]

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company career[edit]

  • Joined in 1985
  • Director since 1988
  • Vice President (1991–1998)
  • Senior Vice President (1999)
  • President & Chief Executive Officer (1999–2006)
  • Chairman of the Board since 2004
  • Executive Chairman since 2006

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Wrigley". ChicagoBusiness. Crain Communications, Inc. 2005-10-17. Retrieved 2007-12-14.