Henkel Directors to Resign from Ecolab Board

Wed Jul 2, 2008 5:01pm EDT

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ST. PAUL, Minn.--(Business Wire)--
Ecolab Inc. announced that the directors designated by stockholder
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA have decided to resign from Ecolab's board.

   In a letter to Ecolab, Henkel indicated that while it intends to
sell part or all of its investment in Ecolab, uncertainty regarding
when or how that sale would take place made it prudent for Henkel to
forgo representation on Ecolab's board at this time. Ecolab
understands that Henkel does not want the information available to
Ecolab directors to interfere with Henkel's process of deciding when
and how to dispose of some or all of its investment in Ecolab. Henkel
has indicated in its public filings that no final decision has been
taken at this time as to the size, timing and method of any such
divestiture which would be carried out in accordance with a
stockholder's agreement between Ecolab and Henkel.

   The Henkel designated directors who are resigning are Messrs.
Stefan Hamelmann, Kasper Rorsted and Hans Van Bylen. Under terms of
the stockholder's agreement with Ecolab, Henkel is permitted board
representation proportional to its shareholdings. In February 2008
Henkel reported it owned 29.4% of Ecolab shares.

   Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab's Chairman, President and Chief
Executive Officer commented on the action, saying "These resignations
are an understandable step in Henkel's effort to effect best practices
in corporate governance. It ensures the Henkel representatives will
not have access to confidential Ecolab information as Henkel assesses
a potential sale of Ecolab shares.

   "Ecolab's stockholder's agreement with Henkel includes provisions
that encourage a broad distribution of shares and provides Ecolab with
a right of first refusal on a sale. We have benefited from and enjoyed
Henkel's representation on our board, and in the event that Henkel
were to sell only part of its shares and choose to hold the rest, we
would look forward to Henkel's resumption of the appropriate
representation on our Board as included in the stockholder's
agreement.

   Baker concluded by saying, "We expect Henkel's transaction to be
successfully completed in an orderly manner. We remain fully focused
on driving our business, building our future and continuing to deliver
superior shareholder value."

   With sales of $5.5 billion and more than 26,000 associates, Ecolab
Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is the global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food
safety and infection prevention products and services. Ecolab delivers
comprehensive programs and services to foodservice, food and beverage
processing, healthcare, and hospitality markets in more than 160
countries. More news and information is available at www.ecolab.com.

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Ecolab Inc.
Michael J. Monahan, 651-293-2809

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