Beth Ballard
VP, Supply Chain Safety, Health & Environment

“Manufacturing’s where it comes together; delivering product safely, routinely. Remembering my first design... the guys installed a sight glass 100 feet in the air to see the design work; it worked and I was sold – Manufacturing was my “home”. Working with a good team makes the daily challenges fun.”

Ecolab’s Global Supply Chain breakthrough improvements in Safety, Health & Environment (SH&E) are thanks to the work of Beth Ballard. Her efforts putting in place the organizational governance structure, systems and process, and executing a clear, holistic action plan have realized the best-ever results for the company. They’ve included a 60 percent reduction in personal safety incidents and a 42 percent reduction in process safety incidents.

Beth has become the Global Supply Chain organization’s leading expert on safety while having a deep understanding of Ecolab’s sustainability goals and initiatives. She excels in all aspects of the Ecolab leadership model. Beth sets a clear vision of the safety program, empowers and energizes her team and executes success by taking a hands-on approach.

Putting significant effort into mentoring and sponsoring people has always been a focus for Beth, and many coworkers have taken development opportunities as a result of her coaching. Always open for a quick meeting or phone call, Beth makes herself available as a resource. That extends outside the organization too, as Beth is regularly incited to present at national events on the topic of personal and process safety.

Beth has been invited to join the Chemical Industries Association Board to serve and consult on process safety standards. The invitation itself speaks to her credibility in the industry. She is also on the Board of Deacons at her local church, a confirmation mentor and a Sunday school teacher. She volunteers with Be a Resource for CPS Kids (BEAR) on their Board of Directors as well. Beth love animals and volunteers for the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, while she and her dog are volunteers with “Faithful Friends,” an animal assisted therapy program for adolescents.

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