ST. PAUL, MN — Ecolab announced that J. Erik Fyrwald, president of Ecolab, will leave the company to become the chief executive officer (CEO) of Univar, a leading global distributor of commodity and specialty chemicals, according to a press release.
Fyrwald joined Ecolab as part of the Nalco merger, which closed December 1, 2011, having served as the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Nalco since 2008, the release stated.
"While Erik''s departure was not unexpected, I will truly miss partnering with him. He is a first-class individual and executive, and the progress we''ve made in bringing our two companies together is clearly a reflection of his outstanding leadership and support,” said Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab''s chairman and chief executive officer (CEO).
"By bringing Nalco and Ecolab together, we''ve created the global leader in water, hygiene and energy services. Erik has been a strong and consistent partner throughout our negotiation, merger and integration, always operating in the best interests of his company, shareholders and employees. Erik made significant contributions during his tenure to see this merger through and we are grateful for his service. We thank Erik for his partnership and friendship, and wish him well in this next opportunity," Baker added.
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