Former Wrigley CEO Brings Wealth of Long and Varied Experience
CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 1, 2009–
Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) announced today that its Board of
Directors has elected William Perez, former Chief Executive Officer of
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, to the Board, effective today.
Perez, 61, has had a distinguished career in the consumer packaged goods
industry. Most recently he served as President and CEO of Wrigley, the
world’s leading maker of chewing and bubble gum. Perez was also
President and CEO of Nike, Inc. from 2004 to 2006.
Perez began his career in 1970 at S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., where he
held numerous roles, including President and Chief Operating Officer.
During his tenure as S.C. Johnson’s CEO from 1996 to 2004, the company’s
revenue doubled. In the course of his career, Perez has proven adept at
leading organizations with numerous brands and at expanding global
“Bill’s long and varied experience with leading global consumer
businesses will be invaluable to our Board,” said Campbell Chairman
Harvey Golub. “We are thrilled to add an outstanding business leader
with such a broad range of relevant experience. Bill’s knowledge of
global consumer packaged goods will be a great benefit to the company.”
In addition to his executive roles, Perez brings a wealth of board
experience to Campbell. He is currently a director of the Johnson &
Johnson Company, and has previously served on the boards of Wrigley,
Hallmark Cards, Kellogg Company, Nike, Inc., May Co. and S.C. Johnson
and Son. Perez is also a trustee of Cornell University, Northwestern
Memorial Hospital and the Chicago Boys and Girls Club.
Perez earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a
graduate degree from the American Graduate School of International
With Perez’s election, the Campbell Board consists of 15 members, of
whom Douglas R. Conant, Campbell’s President and Chief Executive
Officer, is the only director who is not independent. Perez succeeds
Kent Foster, who retired from the Board in March 2008 after 12 years of
About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of
high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup, baked snacks, and
healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of
market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,”
“Arnott’s,” and “V8.” For more information on the company, visit
Campbell’s website at www.campbellsoup.com.
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Source: Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup CompanyAnthony Sanzio (Media)856-968-4390orLeonard
F. Griehs (Analysts)856-342-6428
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