Ecolab Chairman Announces Retirement

February 28, 2022 Ecolab Chairman Announces Retirement

Douglas M. Baker, Jr., executive chairman of the board of directors of Ecolab Inc., has informed the company he will step down from the board following the expiration of his current term.

Baker’s term is set to end at Ecolab’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 5, 2022. He has been with Ecolab since 1989 and was CEO for 16 years from July 2004 to December 2020. Christopher Beck, current Ecolab CEO and president, has been elected to succeed Baker as chair. Beck will also retain his current responsibilities.

“Under Doug’s leadership, Ecolab has become a true sustainability leader, recognized for its positive impact on the world and for its ethical practices,” said Jeff Ettinger, lead independent director for Ecolab’s board. “Doug and his team have delivered exceptional returns for our shareholders. Today’s decision underscores the board’s confidence in Christophe’s leadership and strong character to lead Ecolab into the future as president, CEO, and chairman of the board.”

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With annual sales of US$13 billion and more than 47,000 associates, Ecolab Inc. specializes in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety, and infection prevention products and services in more than 170 countries. For more information, visit