MINNEAPOLIS, MN — A leading business news source has honored Ecolab Inc. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Doug Baker, Jr. as the 2013 Executive of the Year, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.
During a sold-out luncheon, Baker was roasted by some of his fellow Twin Cities executives, which included General Mills CEO Ken Powell, Pentair CEO Randy Hogan and Minnesota Business Partnership Executive Director Charlie Weaver, the article stated.
According to the article, it its January 4 issue, the Business Journal described Ecolab’s success since he became CEO, while also highlighting his contributions to improving the community.
In his speech, Baker thanked Ecolab's 42,000 employees and described how the company has transformed since its acquisition of Nalco Holding Company, a Naperville, Illinois-based water treatment company, while stressing the importance of being a leader when put into a management position, the article noted.
"When you take a job of leadership, there's a real responsibility. Getting the CEO job is meaningless. It's learning how to do it that matters. That's probably true of all jobs. When you're moving up, promotions are something that you earn. In the end, responsibility is something that you need to take," said Baker.
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