William Wrigley, Jr. II is the multi-billionaire 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).
Under his leadership the company expanded beyond chewing gum by purchasing Altoids and Life Savers from Kraft Foods' candy division.
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