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Michael Larson

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Michael Larson, Director

Biography – Chief investment officer to William H. Gates III. Director of Ecolab since 2012. Chair of the Finance Committee and member of the Safety, Health & Environment Committee.


Mr. Larson has been chief investment officer for Mr. Gates and the Business Manager of Cascade Investment, L.L.C. since 1994. He is responsible for Mr. Gates’ non-Microsoft investments as well as the investment assets of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. Previously, Mr. Larson was at Harris Investment Management, Putnam Management Company and ARCO.


Qualifications – With more than 40 years of portfolio management experience, Mr. Larson has deep investment expertise and broad understanding of the capital markets, business cycles and capital efficiency and allocation practices. He also has served on several other public company boards providing him relevant corporate governance experience. In addition, as a professional investor and as the chief investment officer of Ecolab’s largest shareholder, Mr. Larson brings a long-term shareholder perspective to the Board.


Other directorships held during the past five years – Director of Republic Services, Inc. and Fomento Economico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. In addition, Mr. Larson serves as director to a number of closed end funds and mutual funds with the Western Asset Management fund complex. Formerly a director of AutoNation, Inc.