Alan Schuman joined ECOLAB as a junior salesman in 1957. He rose steadily through management, with increasing roles including Vice President, Institutional National Accounts and Marketing; General Manager, Institutional Division; and President, Ecolab Services Group. He joined Ecolab's board of directors in 1991, and was elected President and Chief Operating Officer of Ecolab in 1992. Schuman became Chief Executive Officer in 1995 and was elected to the additional post as Ecolab's chairman in 2000. Under his leadership as CEO, the company's annual sales tripled, earnings per share grew at a 15% compound growth rate, and Ecolab's market capitalization quintupled.
Schuman also held a number of leadership roles within the industry, serving on the board of directors of the Culinary Institute of America, the Soap and Detergent Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers. He is a past board member of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, the International Foodservice Executives Association, the Chain Operators Exchange, the International Sanitary Supply Association and the NRAEF, as well as founding member and past chair of the Capital City Partnership. Schuman was honored as the 2001 Industrial Chemical CEO of the Year by global research and marketing firm Frost & Sullivan and as the 2002 Hospitality Executive of the Year by the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society. He also received honorary doctorates in business administration from Johnson & Wales and the Culinary Institute of America. Schuman's other current board memberships include the Carlson School of Management Board of Overseers, the Guthrie Theater, the Ordway Music Theatre, Tanger Outlet Centers, The Schwan Food Company and the University of Minnesota Medical School.
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