Christophe Beck named Ecolab President and COO

Ecolab Inc. has announced that Thomas W. Handley, president and chief operating officer (COO), will retire from the company later this year. Christophe Beck, currently executive vice president and president of the company’s Global Industrial Group, is to succeed him as president and COO, as 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.  Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab’s chairman and chief executive officer states: “Tom has been a simply outstanding leader in advancing Ecolab’s strategy, execution, talent and culture.”

Beck joined Ecolab in 2007. He previously served as executive vice president and president, International Regions and prior to this he served in other managerial roles in various disciplines. Baker: “Christophe has demonstrated strong leadership and success throughout his career at our 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. These experiences have prepared him well for this position.”