Ecolab Names Thomas Handley President, COO

Ecolab Names Thomas Handley President, COO

Ecolab CEO Doug Baker said that the company is in need of additional leadership support after its $8.3 billion acquisition last year of Nalco Holding Company.

Ecolab, Inc., announced Thursday that it has named Thomas Handley its new president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.
 
Prior to being promoted to his new roles, Handley was Ecolab’s senior executive vice president and served as president of both its global food and beverage unit and its Asia Pacific and Latin America business.
 
Handley’s appointment comes on the heels of Ecolab’s $8.3 billion acquisition of Naperville, Illinois-based Nalco Holding Company—a deal that it completed in December.
 
As president, Handley succeeds former Nalco CEO Erik Fyrwald, who became president of Ecolab in December and resigned in April to become CEO of Univar, Inc. Meanwhile, the chief operating officer position has been vacant for a “long time,” Ecolab spokesman Michael Monahan told Twin Cities Business.
 
“The expanded scope and scale of our company following our merger with Nalco last year warrants additional leadership support,” Ecolab Chairman and CEO Doug Baker said in a statement. “Tom's business experience, knowledge of our company, focus on talent development, and tremendous strategic abilities will provide me with terrific support and strengthen an already strong leadership team.”
 
Since it closed on the Nalco deal, Ecolab has been restructuring and consolidating its own operations with Nalco’s. In January, it announced that it would reduce its global work force by 500 in order to make the company more efficient in light of the acquisition. To that end, in April, the company cut 70 IT jobs from its St. Paul headquarters and its Eagan facility.
 
Handley joined Ecolab in 2003 as senior vice president of strategic planning. He came to the company after spending 22 years at Procter & Gamble Company, serving in various management and executive positions.
 
Ecolab is among Minnesota’s 15-largest public companies based on revenue, which totaled $6.8 billion in 2011. The company manufactures cleaning and maintenance products.