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The principles and values established by our founder, William Henry Merrill Jr., continue to guide our leadership today .

From our executive management team and our councils to our esteemed William Henry Merrill Society, we are dedicated to advancing safety science in new and important ways.

Executive team

Our 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.


President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee

In 2005, Keith Williams was named the 10th president and chief executive officer of Underwriters Laboratories. As CEO, Keith has led a profound transformation at UL, guiding its journey from a not-for-profit company to a private, for-profit enterprise and more than doubling its enterprise value while staying true to its more than a century old safety mission. Guided by the clear strategic imperative to Lead in Science, Build Client Loyalty and be Highly Relevant, Keith has led a substantial diversification of our business, laying the foundation for the company’s growth in the 21st century.

Through a series of successful acquisitions, we have expanded our traditional safety certification business to include a wide array of services for consumer products, clothing, footwear, wireless and mobile devices, electronic payment technologies, wind and solar energy, workplace safety training, occupational medicine, indoor air quality, furniture, supply chain management and online training services. Under Keith’s tenure, we have also become a global leader in brand protection and a leading research institution into the science of safety. We continue to proactively engage governments, public officials, universities and businesses around the world in accelerating the safe introduction of the latest science and technology into the market.

Keith spent the first 23 years of his career at GE Healthcare in a variety of general management and commercial leadership positions. Subsequent to GE, he spent eight years at Medtronic where he had roles as president — neurological and spinal business, presi‎dent — Asia Pacific, and chief quality and regulatory officer. While he was in Minneapolis, he also led strategic planning for Medtronic.

Through his career, Keith has lived 11 years in Asia with assignments in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. Today, Keith serves as chairman of the US-ASEAN Business Council, secretary treasurer of the US-China Business Council and on the boards of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, World Business Chicago and Opera Memphis. He also serves on the board of advisers for the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.


Gitte Schjotz
President, Retail and Industry business unit

Weifang Zhou
President, Connected Technologies business unit

Global leadership

Christian Anschuetz
Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer

Patrick Boyle
Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer

Terrence Brady
President, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Jason Fischer
Senior Vice President and General Manager Field Services

Adrian Groom
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Sajeev Jesudas
President, International

Jackie McLaughlin
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Brian Monks
Vice President and Chief Security Officer

Ryan Robinson
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Kathy Seegebrecht
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Karriem Shakoor
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer


Our councils comprise authorities, government agencies, consumer groups and thought leaders. We currently have councils for electrical, fire, field advisory, security, consumer advisory, renewable energy and health sciences.

The William Henry Merrill Society

The William Henry Merrill Society recognizes select individuals who have made a significant contribution to the fulfillment of our public safety mission. Those honored are technical professionals who have been recognized by both UL and other organizations as leading experts in their fields.

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