JPS Luncheon: J. Erik Fyrwald, “The Water Challenge: Improving Resourcefulness to Overcome Limited Resources”

J. Erik Fyrwald

J. Erik Fyrwald

This installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series included a keynote address by J. Erik Fyrwald, president, Ecolab Inc. Fyrwald presented “The Water Challenge: Improving Resourcefulness to Overcome Limited Resources.”

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Clean water is critical to both human health and economic growth. But by 2025 nearly half of the world’s population (3.5 billion people) is expected to live under water stress. As countries develop, responsible industrial water consumption becomes even more important, particularly in regions that do not have enough clean water to meet their domestic, agricultural, and industrial needs.

Technologies offered by Ecolab and others provide a systematic approach to industrial water-resource management and preserve resources both economic and natural.

About the Speaker

J. Erik Fyrwald is president of Ecolab Inc. Before joining Ecolab in 2011 through a merger with Nalco Company, Fyrwald was chairman and CEO of Nalco. Before joining Nalco in 2008, Fyrwald held several executive positions during his 27-year career at DuPont, including group vice president of DuPont’s agriculture and nutrition division and vice president of DuPont’s nutrition and health business.

Fyrwald received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Fyrwald serves as a director of Eli Lilly and Company, the Society of Chemical Industry, the American Chemistry Council, and the Chicago Public Education Fund, and is a trustee of the Field Museum of Chicago.

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