UL’s Executive Team is a committed group of experts with extensive experience and capabilities. Based around the world, they help guide and lead UL as we advance into our second century.
Keith E. Williams
President and Chief Executive Officer and Trustee
On May 1, 2005, Keith Williams became the 10th president of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. UL is an independent standards development organization, testing lab and certification body with a mission to enhance life and safety and facilitate global commerce. Founded in 1894, UL is a Chicago-based company with worldwide operations.
Subsequent to earning a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Keith joined General Electric Co. During a 23-year career at GE he held assignments in global business management, global logistics, marketing and sales. From 1993 to 1996, he resided in Beijing, China, and was president, GE Medical Systems China. In late 1996, he became the first global champion for using 6 Sigma to address commercial transactions within GE Medical.
In 1997, Keith was named president, Asia-Pacific Operations for Medtronic Inc. based in Tokyo, Japan. During an eight-year career with Medtronic, he also served as chief quality & regulatory officer and as president, Spinal & Neurological Business Unit.
During his 11 years working in Asia, Keith served on various joint venture boards, including businesses with Samsung, Yokogawa Electric, Wipro and the Chinese Ministry of Health. In addition to his work at UL, Keith serves as secretary-treasurer of the US-China Business Council, a director of the National Fire Protection Association and a trustee of Opera Memphis.
President, Supply Chain and Sustainability
President, UL Ventures
Vice President and Chief Public Safety Officer
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Senior Vice President and President, UL University
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer/Chief Commercial Officer
Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
President, Europe and Latin America
Senior Vice President, Certification Programs, Accreditation and Standards
Chief Operating Officer
Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer