Monday, July 13, 2009

Kings of the Mountain

Last October William D. Perez, 59, broke 115 years of tradition when he was elected president and CEO of Wm. Wrigley & Company. Mr. Perez is the first non-family member ever to head the public but closely held $4 billion company that makes popular brands such as Altoids, Doublemint, Life Savers, and Big Red.

The promotion is a fine accomplishment for Mr. Perez and Wrigley, which ranks number 482 on the Fortune 500, but it could be expected. Mr. Perez earned it.

In this issue, Hispanic Business celebrates its Corporate Elite, and leading the charge are these five men, all CEOs of Fortune 500 companies or the dominant arm of a Fortune 500 company. The members of this quintet are winners in the ultimate reality series, The Battle for the Corner Office, and some are not only CEOs but also stand at the pinnacle of their industries.

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