Wrigley, as the fourth generation leader of the Wrigley family, began his career working for the company in 1985 and eventually held the positions of President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and Executive Chairman of the Board of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company between 1999 and 2008. The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company was founded in 1891 by William Wrigley Jr.; it became a publicly-traded company in 1919, and had been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 1923. The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company is a recognized global leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings. With manufacturing facilities in a dozen countries and wholly-owned subsidiaries and offices in more than three dozen countries, the Wrigley Company markets its products to consumers in over 180 nations around the world. Prior to the sale of the company, Wrigley grew the company sales in excess of $6 billion annually.
After the sale of the Wrigley Company to Mars, Incorporated in 2008, Wrigley held the role of Chairman of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company and played a key role in the successful integration of both companies through 2009.
Currently, Wrigley serves in a number of professional capacities and is involved in numerous business initiatives as a private investor, as well as through philanthropic programs in Chicago and around the world.
Beau currently sits on the Board of Trustees for The Ethel Walker School, an independent, college preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades six through twelve. He is also a member of the Senior Advisory Council of BDT Capital Partners LLC. BDT Capital Partners LLC is a Chicago based investment firm which offers long-term capital and advisory services to its family business clients. Beau is also a Director of The Economic Club of Chicago and serves on National Geographic Society's Council of Advisors. He also serves on the Board of the not-for-profit North Shore University Healthcare System.
Additionally, as a Trustee of Conservation International, Beau supports their mission to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity. Wrigley is a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization and a former member of The Business Council.
Beau was born in Chicago, is married to Heather Wrigley and has four children. He is a 1985 graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in Economics and attended the Wharton School of Business Advanced Management Program in 1994. Additionally, he was in the 1997 inaugural class of the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship Program.