William Wrigley Jr. II
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||6 October 1963|
William H. Wrigley Jr. II (born October 6, 1963) is the chairman and former CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. On the Forbes 2016 list of the world's billionaires, he was ranked #688 with a net worth of US$2.5 billion.
A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Duke University and Phoenix Country Day School in Phoenix, Arizona, Bill Jr. is the son of Alison (Hunter) and William A. Wrigley III (1933–1999), the grandson of Philip K. Wrigley (1894–1977) and the great-grandson of William L. Wrigley Jr. (1861–1932).
Under his leadership the company expanded beyond chewing gum by purchasing Altoids and Life Savers from Kraft Foods' candy division in addition to Spanish confectionery Joyco.
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.
In an e-mail to Wrigley employees dated January 4, 2010, he announced his intention to step down as chairman "as of this month".
- 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
- "Wrigley lifted by Joyco takeover". ConfectioneryNews. Confectionery News.com. October 24, 2004. Retrieved 2014-11-10.