Hickey is executive vice president and president of Global Institutional business for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.
During his 33-year tenure at Ecolab, he has held a number of key executive positions, including executive vice president and president of Institutional North America, senior vice president and general manager of multiple operating units, as well as senior vice president of Global Business Development.
With 2016 sales of $13 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. In November 2016, Ecolab and the National Restaurant Association joined forces to launch a campaign focused on providing the restaurant industry with a broad range of tools and resources to help combat the spread of the norovirus.
Hickey is a member of several industry organizations and serves on the board of directors of the National Restaurant Association, the Women's Foodservice Forum, the International Franchise Association and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest. He is past chair of the board of directors of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association and past chair of the board of trustees of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
Ecolab has been recognized internationally for its commitment to sustainable business practices. For the fourth consecutive year, Ecolab has been recognized by Newsweek, which ranked the company second on its 2017 list of the greenest companies in the U.S. On Jan. 10, the World Environment Center (WEC) announced that Ecolab will receive its 34th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.
In February, Ecolab Inc. was recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. Ecolab has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies every year since the list’s inception in 2007.
Hickey received a B.B.A. in marketing from St. Bonaventure in 1984. He completed the Global CEO Program led by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Sao Paulo and the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, as well as executive programs through Stanford University and Pennsylvania State University.
Hickey lives in Eden Prairie, Minn., with his wife, Kristeen "Kris" Kenville Hickey, ’84, and their five children.
The university will welcome alumnus Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, Physician to the Vice President of the United States, to campus as the inaugural guest of the Building Extraordinary Leaders series.
Dr. O’Connor, a 1988 graduate, attended St. Bonaventure on an Army ROTC scholarship, completing a major in biology and minor in theology. Dr. O’Connor served as class president and founder/director of the campus Medical Emergency Response Team and received a military commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
His Feb. 13-14 visit to St. Bonaventure will include several open presentations to the campus community, as well as small-group discussions. The Building Extraordinary Leaders program is a new leadership series sponsored by St. Bonaventure’s Class of 1963 and organized by the Student Affairs division. The university is pleased to welcome Dr. O’Connor as the inaugural speaker. The 2014 program will spotlight the School of Arts and Sciences, with subsequent speakers rotating from each of the academic schools.
Schedule of Events: Thursday, February 13
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Presentation and Q&A for biology, chemistry and
pre-health students Walsh Auditorium “From Bona’s to Afghanistan to Iraq to The White House:
My Medical Career Journey”
4 – 5 p.m. Presentation and Q&A for all interested students with a focus on
Arts and Sciences and Honors students The Loft – Quick Center for the Arts “How My Liberal Arts Education Informed My Career Choices and Success”
6 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner and Keynote Leadership Address (invitation only)
Friday, February 14 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Class presentation
12 – 1 p.m. Luncheon with MERT and resident assistants
Doyle Dining Room
Dr. O’Connor completed medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992 and residency training at The Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J. His military education has included Airborne School, Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course and U.S. Army Flight Surgeon training. He earned the designation of Master Flight Surgeon in 2010.
As an Army family physician, teacher, flight surgeon and hyperbaric medical officer for the last 18 years, Dr. O’Connor has served in clinical, academic, leadership and operational assignments at Fort Bragg and Fort Carson, including tours of duty with the 82nd Airborne Division, 75th Ranger Regiment, and United States Army Special Operations Command. He has deployed on numerous combat rotations in support of classified missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia.
He has served as a White House physician since 2006 and, in February 2009, was appointed Physician to the Vice President. In this capacity, Dr. O’Connor provides primary care for the Vice President and Second Family, and is responsible for the medical planning and emergency actions in support of the Vice President at home, domestically and abroad. His military service thus far has required travel to approximately 60 countries.
Dr. O’Connor lives with his wife, Chris, and their three daughters in Crofton, Md.
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