President and CEO
2015 Honoree for Outstanding Global Growth
2015 CME STEM Leadership Award Honoree for Outstanding Global Growth. Yale Club, New York.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Syngenta. Former CEO of Univar
Growth is the word most sought after in the business world yet it is a word that firmly characterizes Mr. Erik Fyrwald’s track record at DuPont, Nalco, Ecolab, and now Univar, which holds the leading position in North America for the distribution of chemistry and related services, and No. 2 in the world. With a unique ability to engineer a business culture of performance and collaboration, Mr. Fyrwald’s commitment to advancing the industries of chemistry and supporting STEM students is a quality that CME admires.
Mr. Fyrwald joined Univar in May 2012 as President and Chief Executive Officer. From December 2011 to May 2012, Mr. Fyrwald was President of Ecolab, a cleaning and sanitation, water treatment and oil and gas products and services provider. From February 2008 to December 2011, Mr. Fyrwald was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nalco, a water treatment and oil and gas products and services company. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Fyrwald served as Group Vice President of the Agriculture and Nutrition Division of DuPont.
Mr. Fyrwald serves on the board of directors for Eli Lilly, Amsted Industries, The Society of Chemical Industry and The Field Museum. He holds a chemical engineering degree from the University of Delaware and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.