Ecolab appoints Handley to president and chief operating officer

Thomas Handley is being promoted to replace Erik Fyrwald who left the company in April, the Business Journal reports. Handley joined the St. Paul-based maker of cleaning, sanitation, pest elimination and maintenance products in 2003. He was most recently the president of its Global Food & Beverage division and Asia Pacific Latin America businesses.
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Thomas Handley is being promoted to replace Erik Fyrwald who left the company in April, the Business Journal reports. Handley joined the St. Paul-based maker of cleaning, sanitation, pest elimination and maintenance products in 2003. He was most recently the president of its Global Food & Beverage division and Asia Pacific Latin America businesses.

Chief Financial Officer Steve Fritze is also retiring and will step down Oct. 1 after 32 years with Ecolab, according to the Star Tribune. Daniel Schmechel, executive vice president of finance, is being promoted and will take over the CFO duties.

In July, Ecolab reported its second-quarter earnings jumped 47 percent and sales surged 74 percent following its acquisition of liquid filtration giant Nalco.

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