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Thomas W. Handley

Tom Handley is president and chief operating officer for Ecolab Inc.
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Tom Handley is president and chief operating officer of Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.

Handley provides leadership, management and strategic counsel for seven of Ecolab’s eight business sectors. Previously, Handley was senior executive vice president and president of Global Food & Beverage and Asia Pacific Latin America. 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, Handley spent 22 years at Procter & Gamble, most recently as vice president of Feminine Care Strategic Planning and Global Marketing. He also held a variety of marketing, strategic planning and general management roles, including assignments in consumer products and foodservice businesses. In addition, he held general management assignments in Asia and Mexico. Handley began his business career managing restaurants for Six Flags in Los Angeles. 

Handley serves on the board of directors of Republic Services, Inc., the H.B. Fuller Company, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Ordway Center for Performing Arts (past chair).

Handley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Claremont-McKenna College and has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.