William Perez has agreed to join Greenhill & Co. as a senior advisor, focused on the consumer products market. He is the former president and CEO of chewing gum company Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., and before that was president and CEO of Nike.
Greenhill & Co., Inc. (NYSE: GHL), a leading independent investment bank, announced today that William D. Perez will join the Firm as a Senior Advisor. Mr. Perez, who has had a distinguished career in the consumer products industry, will focus on expanding Greenhill’s client advisory activities.
Mr. Perez retired as President and Chief Executive Officer for the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a leading global confectioner and the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum, in December of 2008. Before joining the Wrigley Company, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nike, Inc. Previously, Mr. Perez spent 34 years with SC Johnson, including eight years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the multi-billion dollar privately held global consumer products company.
He serves on the Board of Directors for Campbell Soup Company, Johnson & Johnson, Whirlpool Corporation, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, and on the Board of Trustees for Cornell University.
Robert F. Greenhill, Chairman of Greenhill, said “Bill has deep expertise and relationships across the consumer products sector. Both our clients and our partners will benefit greatly from his experience and judgment.”
Mr. Perez said, “I have known some of the Greenhill partners for a long time and have great respect for the breadth and expertise of the Firm they have built. I believe clients will increasingly choose an independent firm like Greenhill when considering complex merger, acquisition or restructuring transactions.”
Greenhill & Co., Inc. is a leading independent investment bank focused on providing financial advice on significant mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, financings and capital raising to corporations, partnerships, institutions and governments. It acts for clients located throughout the world from its offices in New York, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.