Jan Pacas is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ecolab ANZ, which spans Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, with a workforce of over 1,200 employees. In this role, he is responsible for driving operational excellence and the overall growth of Ecolab’s businesses in ANZ.
Jan joined Ecolab in 2018. Prior to Ecolab, Jan was an entrepreneur in the digital technology space and established two innovative technology start-ups, Mad Paws (a consumer marketplace dubbed as an Airbnb for pets) and Flare HR (a fintech simplifying the choice and change of superannuation for employees). Both companies have experienced rapid growth fueled by significant investments from Qantas and Westpac.
Before launching his digital start-ups, Jan was Managing Director of Hilti Australia for six years. There, his passion for growing a business through talent and a high engagement culture, saw him win the 2015 Australian Human Resources Institute CEO Award. His leadership also saw Hilti Australia take out first place in the 2011 Aon Hewitt Best Employer Awards.
Prior to moving Australia to lead Hilti, Jan held numerous international roles in the company including Global Vice President of Business Unit Power Tools Business Unit in Switzerland.
Jan currently serves on the advisory board for the University of Sydney Business School. He holds a Global Executive MBA degree from the University of Sydney and a degree in Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.