Viveca Fairbanks-Henderson

Senior Vice President
Global Enterprise Excellence at NALCO Water, An Ecolab Company


Viveca Fairbanks-Henderson is the Vice President and General Manager of Food & Beverage Manufacturing North America for Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company. Previously, she served as its vice president for Global Engineering – Industrial.

Prior to joining Nalco Water, she worked in several positions for Kellogg Company. While at Kellogg, she served as the Senior Director for R&D Cost Optimization where she delivered Food and Packaging reformulation savings across the North America business units, and as the Senior Director for Global Pringles Engineering.

Fairbanks-Henderson began her career as a Power & Controls Engineer at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1991. During her 21-year career at P&G, she progressed through regional and global roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently at P&G, she was the Associate Director of Global Pringles Engineering, Materials and Packaging Innovation.

A proud Boilermaker, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue in 1990. While at Purdue, she served as President of the National Society of Black Engineers. After graduation, Fairbanks-Henderson maintained strong ties with Purdue serving on the NSBE Industrial Advisory Board, the Purdue Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Purdue Alumni Association Executive Committee. In addition, she served as President of the Purdue Black Alumni Organization for 10 years.