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Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

President and CEO

As President and CEO, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks leads the strategy and production of environmentally friendly cleaning products at ECOS. She oversees four geographically diverse facilities across the U.S. as well as a European manufacturing platform. She has been widely recognized for her highly effective leadership at ECOS and her influential voice in the green movement, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable manufacturing

Vlahakis-Hanks has led ECOS to become a Climate Positive company and the first company in the world to achieve the sustainability trifecta of carbon neutrality, water neutrality, and TRUE Platinum Zero Waste certification. Her sustainable business practices have made ECOS a model for green business in the U.S. ECOS is a primary manufacturer that has received many awards for its innovations in safer green chemistry, including the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Partner of the Year five times

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As a woman of African American and Greek descent, Vlahakis-Hanks has made environmental and social justice a cornerstone of ECOS’s mission. She actively promotes a corporate culture of diversity and empowerment, ensuring that over 50% of her C-Suite and top executives are women. She supports a green economy by creating sustainable manufacturing jobs across the U.S. and offering strong employee benefits and a living minimum wage of $17 per hour, one of the highest in the industry. She also offers financial incentives to employees who make sustainable living choices such as purchasing a low-emissions vehicle or solar panels.

 

Vlahakis-Hanks received her undergraduate degree at UCLA and an MBA at Chapman University Argyros School of Business and Economics. She has been featured on CNN, CBS News, ABC News, FOX News, NBC News, Bloomberg and MarketWatch and in publications such as Fortune, Entrepreneur and the Los Angeles Times. She has received many awards for her sustainable leadership, including Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Powerful Women in 2020 and Conscious Company’s World-Changing Women in Conscious Business Award.

 

She is an active member of several boards of directors, including the XPRIZE Foundation, the Environmental Media Association, and the Chapman University Board of Governors, where she serves on the Diversity Task Force. She is active in industry councils and public policy advocacy, including the American Sustainable Business Council and the Companies for Safer Chemicals coalition, working to promote higher standards for consumer products to protect human health and the environment. She is also a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) and Abundance 360, Peter Diamandis’ select community of executives and entrepreneurs using exponential technologies to transform their businesses.

 

Vlahakis-Hanks resides in southern California with her husband, teenage daughter and rescue dog Mina.

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"Green chemistry is at the heart of what we do at ECOS, and we’re continually innovating safer formulas for our cleaning products to help protect the health of people and the planet. It’s absolutely critical that we invest in more sustainable solutions at all levels of government to create a safer future and a stronger economy."

- Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

“Fighting to protect our health and the health of our planet has been our mission for over 50 years. We’ve all been affected by cancer in women in one way or another, whether it’s a mother, sister, or friend. I lost my own mother to breast cancer several years ago, and I want to do everything I can to help improve women’s health and well-being, including my health and the health of my daughter.”

- Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

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Meet the CEO: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

Children are our most precious gift, and at ECOS we want to champion change in the cleaning products industry to protect them. The science is irrefutable—toxic chemicals are responsible for an increase in childhood cancers. All cleaning product manufacturers must join us to innovate safer green chemistry and create safer cleaning products for homes, daycare facilities and classrooms.

- Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

"Green chemistry is at the heart of what we do at ECOS, and we’re continually innovating safer formulas for our cleaning products to help protect the health of people and the planet. It’s absolutely critical that we invest in more sustainable solutions at all levels of government to create a safer future and a stronger economy."

- Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

"It’s important to us to help protect the health of election workers in Georgia because what they have been doing for months is so essential to the integrity of our democratic process,” said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO of ECOS. “Our mission for over 50 years has been to protect the health of people and our planet. We want the people of Georgia and all citizens of our country to be able participate in the democratic process safely and securely."

- Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

“Paying a living wage has long been a key to our success. Now, during the pandemic, when we have scaled up production to meet global demand for our safer cleaning products, it’s more important than ever. When you take care of your team, they take care of your company and customers. We're very glad to see minimum wage increases in all the states where we manufacture and many others across the country.”

- Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

“Part of our commitment to sustainability is our commitment to paying our employees a living wage and providing them family-friendly benefits such as health insurance and paid leave. We do it not just because it helps support our employees’ families and the local economies that we’re in but because it helps us grow our business. Paying a higher minimum wage helps create the consumers who drive our economy. That’s why we support raising the minimum wage.”

- Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

“Fighting to protect our health and the health of our planet has been our mission for over 50 years. We’ve all been affected by cancer in women in one way or another, whether it’s a mother, sister, or friend. I lost my own mother to breast cancer several years ago, and I want to do everything I can to help improve women’s health and well-being, including my health and the health of my daughter.”

- Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

"The health and wellness of people and our beautiful planet is my passion and the driving force behind our work to bring safer products to families around the world."

- Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

"Our ECOS cleaners have shown the world that you can use safer ingredients and create products in a truly sustainable way without compromising the health of the planet or the health of consumers."

- Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

"We’re using green science to transform the cleaning products industry and help our consumers do the things that are most important to them—caring for their family and protecting our planet for future generations."

- Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks