Ecolab 8-K 2008
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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) June 27, 2008
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code 651-293-2233
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
(b) Resignation of a Director
On June 27, 2008, Kasper Rorsted, a director of Ecolab Inc. (the Company), notified the Company that he, Stefan Hamelmann and Hans Van Bylen, each being elected to the Board of Directors of the Company pursuant to the Stockholders Agreement between the Company and Henkel AG & Co. KGaA of Düsseldorf, Germany (Henkel), have decided to resign as directors of the Company pending resolution of Henkels previously-announced intention to sell some or all of its investment in the Company.
Under the Stockholders Agreement, Henkel is entitled to designate a number of persons to be appointed or nominated for election to the Board of Directors of the Company proportionate to Henkels shareholding in the Company, rounded down to the nearest whole number. In February 2008, Henkel reported that it owned 29.4% of the Companys shares. Upon completion of Henkels sale process, if Henkel continues to be a stockholder, it may be entitled to request the Company to reappoint or cause the nomination of one or more designees to resume proportional representation on the Companys Board.
A copy of the press release issued by the Company announcing notification of the impending resignations of Messrs. Hamelmann, Rorsted and Van Bylen is filed as an 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.