Ecolab 8-K 2006
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) May 12, 2006
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers.
(b) Effective May 12, 2006, the Board of Directors of Ecolab Inc. (Ecolab) elected Douglas M. Baker, Jr., currently President and Chief Executive Officer, to the additional post of Chairman of the Board. Mr. Baker succeeds Allan L. Schuman, who retired from the Board in accordance with his previously announced plans. Mr. Schuman was named to the honorary post of Chairman Emeritus. A copy of the News Release issued by Ecolab in connection with this report under Item 5.02(b) is attached as Exhibit (99)A.
(d) Also effective May 12, 2006, Ecolabs stockholders elected John J. Zillmer to its Board of Directors for a three-year term ending in 2009. Mr. Zillmer is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Allied Waste Industries, Inc., a solid waste management company. Prior to joining Allied Waste, Mr. Zillmer spent thirty years in the managed services industry, most recently as Executive Vice President of ARAMARK Corporation, a provider of food, uniform and support services. Mr. Zillmer will serve on the Boards Audit and Governance Committees. A copy of the News Release issued by Ecolab in connection with this report under Item 5.02(d) is attached as Exhibit (99)B.
Item 8.01 Other Events.
Our Annual Meeting of Stockholders was held on May 12, 2006. At the meeting, 91.26% of the outstanding shares of our voting stock were represented in person or by proxy. The first proposal voted upon was the election of four Class II Directors for a term ending at the annual meeting in 2009. The four persons nominated by our Board of Directors received the following votes and were elected:
In addition, the terms of office of the following directors continued after the meeting: Class III Directors for a term ending in 2007 Richard U. De Schutter, Joel W. Johnson, Ulrich Lehner, and Beth M. Pritchard; and Class I Directors for a term ending in 2008 Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Stefan Hamelmann, Jerry W. Levin, and Robert L. Lumpkins.
The second proposal voted upon was the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2006.
The proposal received the following votes and was ratified:
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.