Ecolab preps for presidential takeover as Thomas Handley retires


Ecolab Inc has announced that Thomas W. Handley, president and COO, will retire from the company next month.

Christophe Beck, currently executive vice president and president of Ecolab’s Global Industrial Group, will succeed Handley as Ecolab’s president and COO, effective from April 1, 2019.

Until retirement, Handley will lead the work on the previously announced spin-off of the company’s Energy Services upstream business into a stand-alone company.

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Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab’s chairman and CEO, said: “Tom has been a simply outstanding leader in advancing Ecolab’s strategy, execution, talent and culture.

“His contributions have been an important part of our success and will have lasting impact. We are pleased that Tom will continue to lead our work on such a strategically important initiative for our company.”

Handley has served as president and chief operating officer since 2012 and previous to this was senior executive vice president and president of Global Food & Beverage.

He has also spent time a portion of his career as executive vice president and, then, president of Ecolab’s Industrial and Services North America sector.

Handley joined Ecolab in 2003 as senior vice president of strategic planning and, prior to joining the firm, spent 22 years at Procter & Gamble.

Newly-appointed Beck joined Ecolab back in 2007 having previously served as executive vice president and president, International Regions.

Beforehand, Beck stood as executive vice president and president of global integration, overseeing the integration of the Nalco acquisition.

Before joining Ecolab in 2007, Beck was a senior executive at Nestlé for 16 years.

Baker added: “Christophe has demonstrated strong leadership and success throughout his career at Ecolab.

“He has done a terrific job in each role bringing great energy, innovative thinking and excellent execution capabilities to every opportunity. He has driven product development and sales and service effectiveness, strengthened teams and built businesses for long-term success.

Ecolab specialises in water, hygiene and energy equipment which delivers its services to the foodservice industry.

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