Douglas M. Baker, Jr.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Doug Baker, 54, is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ecolab Inc. A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2012 sales of $12 billion and 44,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. Ecolab has been listed 11 times on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Companies and for seven consecutive years on Ethisphere’s list of the World's Most Ethical Companies. Ecolab is included in Forbes’ World’s Most Innovative Companies (2012), Carbon Disclosure Project’s Leadership Indices (2012), Selling Power’s Best Companies to Sell For (2012) and Universum’s List of America’s Ideal Employers (2012).
Baker began his career with Ecolab in 1989, following seven years in brand management at Procter & Gamble. At Ecolab, he has held key roles in marketing, sales and general management in both the U.S. and Europe, and leadership positions including vice president and general manager of Kay, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ecolab; senior vice president of the Institutional Sector; and president and chief operating officer of Ecolab. In July 2004, Baker was named president and chief executive officer and in May 2006, added chairman of the board to his duties. In 2011, Baker led Ecolab’s merger with Nalco, an $8 billion transaction which nearly doubled the size of the company.
Baker has received considerable recognition for his leadership at Ecolab. The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal named Baker the 2013 Executive of the Year, and in 2012, Baker was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. Baker was ranked as one of the top 10 wealth creators by CEO magazine in both 2009 and 2010, and identified as one of the top CEOs under 50 by CEO magazine in 2008. Baker was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere magazine in 2007.
In addition to his Ecolab responsibilities, Baker serves on the board of directors of U.S. Bancorp and Target Corporation. He also serves on the board of overseers of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and is trustee emeritus of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
Baker is active in the civic life of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. He is chairman of the Greater MSP Partnership, a private-public partnership whose mission is to stimulate economic growth and prosperity in the region. He serves on the executive committee of the Minnesota Business Partnership, an organization comprised of CEOs from Minnesota’s top 100 companies focused on further enhancing the region’s quality of life. He is a board member of Parent Aware for School Readiness (PASR), a nonprofit organization to support the statewide expansion of Parent Aware, Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. Baker and his wife Julie also chaired the 2012 Twin Cities United Way fundraising campaign.
Baker received a bachelor’s degree in English from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass.
Click here to read Baker's remarks from his Executives' Club of Chicago keynote address in May of 2013 regarding water shortages, stewardship and strategies business and industry can employ to mitigate risk.
Click here to view Baker's presentation "Our Water Future" from the Midwest U.S.-Japan Trade Conference.