Douglas Baker Jr.

Chairman and CEO
Ecolab

Doug Baker is rewarding Ecolab shareholders with higher-than-expected earnings for 2014, thanks mainly to last year’s strategic acquisition of Champion Technologies, which is tapping the booming energy market. He is also big-picture guy when it comes to water, the company’s core expertise as a maker of cleaning and sanitation products. Baker remains an evangelist about the world’s diminishing fresh-water supplies and the need to conserve them through continuing research and development efforts.