Douglas M. Baker, Jr.

Founding Partner, E2SG Partners, LP / Former Chairman & CEO, Ecolab Inc.


Douglas M. Baker, Jr. is a Founding Partner of E2SG Partners, LP, a company that invests in new green technologies. He has served in this role since July 2022. Mr. Baker previously served as Executive Chairman of Ecolab Inc., a provider of water and hygiene services and technologies for the food, hospitality, industrial, and energy markets, from January 2021 through May 2022, and as Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer from May 2006 to December 2020. He previously held various other leadership positions within Ecolab, including President and Chief Operating Officer.

Skills and qualifications 

Mr. Baker provides the Board with senior leadership, marketing / brands, human capital management, capital deployment, global supply chain, information security / data privacy, financial management, risk management, reputation management, and environmental, social, and governance skills. Those skills were developed over his more than 30 years of service with Ecolab in a variety of positions, including as CEO where he was responsible for many of the functions requiring those skills, and in brand management roles at The Procter & Gamble Company. With respect to environmental, social, and governance, Mr. Baker made environmental stewardship one of Ecolab’s core values during his CEO tenure and has continued that work with E2SG Partners focusing on environmentally conscious and sustainable solutions. In addition, his prior tenure as Target’s Lead Independent Director and service on other public company boards, including experience as a board chair, has enhanced his skills and strengthens the Board’s collective oversight capability. He also has experience with the roles and responsibilities of different board committees through current or prior service on audit, compensation, nominating and governance, risk management, executive, community reinvestment and public policy, and/or safety, health, and environmental committees of other public company boards.

Other public company boards

Current Within past five years Other past boards
Merck & Co., Inc. 

Ecolab Inc. 

U.S. Bancorp