Thomas Handley will retire from his post as president and chief operating officer for Ecolab later this year. Christophe Beck, currently executive vice president and president of Ecolab’s Global Industrial Group, will succeed Handley as Ecolab’s president and COO, effective 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.
Handley has served as president and chief operating officer since 2012. Previously, he was senior executive vice president and president of global food and beverage for Ecolab. Earlier, he was executive vice president and later president of Ecolab’s industrial and services North America sector. He joined Ecolab in 2003 as senior vice president of strategic planning. Prior to joining Ecolab in 2003, Handley spent 22 years at Procter & Gamble.
Beck joined Ecolab in 2007. He previously served as executive vice president and president, international regions. Prior to his international regions role, Beck was executive vice president and president of global integration. Beck’s earlier roles at Ecolab included executive vice president, institutional sector; senior vice president and general manager, institutional foodservice – North America; and senior vice president, corporate marketing and strategy. Prior to joining Ecolab in 2007, Beck was a senior executive at Nestlé for 16 years.