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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) December 9, 2010

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

Stephen C. Patrick, Chief Financial Officer of Colgate-Palmolive Company (the “Company”), has notified the Company of his decision to retire as Chief Financial Officer effective December 31, 2010, after more than 28 years of service with the Company. To ensure a smooth transition, Mr. Patrick will assume the role of Vice Chairman effective January 1, 2011 and retire from the Company effective March 1, 2011.

At its meeting on December 9, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Company elected Dennis J. Hickey, currently Vice President and Corporate Controller of the Company, as Chief Financial Officer effective January 1, 2011. Mr. Hickey also will continue to serve as Corporate Controller of the Company until his successor is named.

Mr. Hickey, 62, joined the Company in 1977 and has since held key financial positions at the subsidiary, division and corporate levels. He became Executive Vice President-Finance for Colgate North America in 1994. In 1998, Mr. Hickey was promoted to Vice President and Corporate Controller.

In connection with his election as Chief Financial Officer, the Personnel and Organization Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company, which consists entirely of independent directors, granted an award of 20,000 shares of restricted stock to Mr. Hickey under the Company’s stockholder-approved 2009 Executive Incentive Compensation Plan.



      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:   December 10, 2010   COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
          By: /s/ Andrew D. Hendry
          Name: Andrew D. Hendry
          Title: Senior Vice President, General Counsel
            and Secretary