Ecolab 8-K 2006
Washington, D.C. 20549
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) February 27, 2006
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Registrants telephone number, including area code: 651-293-2233
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Officers.
(b) Resignation of a Director
Mr. James J. Howard, a director of Ecolab Inc. (the Company) since 1991, retired from the Board on February 27, 2006 under the Companys age 70 retirement policy for directors. As a result of Mr. Howards retirement, the Board determined that the Board size would be decreased from 13 to 12 directors.
Joel W. Johnson, a director since 1996, has been appointed by the Board to replace Mr. Howard as Chair of the Audit Committee.
A copy of the press release issued by the Company announcing the retirement of Mr. Howard is filed as Exhibit (99) to this Form 8-K.
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.