Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) (March 11, 2021)

 (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

300 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10022
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (212) 310-2000

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class
  Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which
Common Stock, $1.00 par value
  New York Stock Exchange
 0.000% Notes due 2021    CL 21A   New York Stock Exchange
0.500% Notes due 2026
  CL 26
  New York Stock Exchange
1.375% Notes due 2034
  CL 34
  New York Stock Exchange
 0.875% Notes due 2039    CL 39   New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On March 11, 2021, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Colgate-Palmolive Company (“Colgate”) elected Kimberly A. Nelson, former Senior Vice President, External Relations of General Mills, Inc. (“General Mills”), to the Colgate Board.  Ms. Nelson, 58, will bring extensive leadership experience, in-depth knowledge of the fast-moving consumer goods industry and a strong focus on sustainability and social responsibility to Colgate’s Board.  Ms. Nelson joined General Mills in 1988 and held several senior brand and general management roles before becoming Senior Vice President, External Relations in 2010.  She retired from General Mills in 2018.  Ms. Nelson will receive compensation as a non-employee director in accordance with Colgate’s director compensation program described in Colgate’s proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 25, 2020.

On March 11, 2021, Dr. Helene D. Gayle, 65, advised the Board that she will not stand for reelection to the Board at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on May 7, 2021, in light of her desire to retire as a director at the end of her current term.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date:  March 11, 2021
By:       /s/ Jennifer M. Daniels               
Name:  Jennifer M. Daniels
Title:    Chief Legal Officer and Secretary