Former Nike, SC Johnson CEO joins Johnson Outdoors board

Board expands to 9 with addition of William Perez

Johnson Outdoors Inc. makes the Humminbird brand of fish finders and other marine electronics.
Johnson Outdoors Inc. makes the Humminbird brand of fish finders and other marine electronics.

Last updated on May 14th, 2019 at 06:59 am

Racine-based Johnson Outdoors Inc. has added a former president and chief executive officer of S.C. Johnson and Son Inc. to its board of directors.

The addition of William Perez expands the Johnson Outdoors’ board to nine members.

“We are very pleased to welcome Bill to Johnson Outdoors’ Board of Directors. He is a proven business leader, who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all facets of running a global company,” said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Johnson Outdoors chairman and CEO. “We look forward to benefiting from his insights and counsel as we develop new strategies to enhance value to our market and our consumers.”

Perez was president and CEO of S.C. Johnson & Son from 1996 to 2004, leaving to take over as CEO of Nike. He also was president and CEO of chewing gum maker Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. from 2006 to 2008. He was a senior advisor at Greenhill & Co. from 2010 to 2017.

In 2017, Perez founded FamGen. The firm specializes in consulting family-owned businesses on a variety of matters from strategy and planning to growth and global expansion.

He is also currently on the boards of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Johnson & Johnson and Whirlpool Corp.

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