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UYTERHOEVEN ELECTED TO ECOLAB BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 UYTERHOEVEN ELECTED TO ECOLAB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 ST. PAUL, Minn., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Hugo Uyterhoeven, Timken


professor of business administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, and an international business consultant, was elected by Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) shareholders today as the 13th member of Ecolab's board of directors.
 Chairman of the Ecolab board, President and Chief Executive Officer Pierson M. Grieve was also reelected to his position on the board, along with former Pillsbury Chief Executive Philip L. Smith, an Ecolab director since 1989, and Henkel KGaA Chairman Albrecht Woeste, a director since 1991.
 Professor Uyterhoeven is a director of Bombardier Inc.; Bond International Gold, Inc.; Brown, Boveri & Co. Ltd.; Ciba-Geigy Ag; General Cinema Corporation; and the Stanley Works and is a member of the International Advisory Council of Degussa Corporation. He is also a consultant and lecturer in the fields of business, government and the international economy, international business, long-range planning, and corporate organization.
 Two board members will retire with the expiration of their terms this year. Former chairman of Super Valu Stores, Inc., Jack J. Crocker retires after having served on the Ecolab board since 1982, chairing the Audit Committee and serving on the Compensation Committee. Wesley J. Howe, chairman of the board for Becton Dickinson and Company has served on the Ecolab board since 1980, on both the Compensation and the Governance committees.
 The board of directors is divided into three classes. The members of each class are elected to three-year terms, with the terms of office of each class ending in successive years. The board has four standing committees: Audit, Compensation, Finance and Governance. The number of directors, which is determined by the board, decreased from 14 to 13 members effective May 8, 1992.
 Ecolab is a leading worldwide developer and marketer of premium cleaning, sanitizing and maintenance products and services for the hospitality, institutional and industrial markets. For the year ended Dec. 31, 1991, Ecolab reported sales of $918 million and earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.91 per share. Ecolab shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Pacific Stock Exchange under the symbol ECL.
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