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

UL and our nonprofit affiliate organization, Underwriters Laboratories, share a single mission: working for a safer world. UL leadership is outlined below. Please visit for information on the Underwriters Laboratories leadership team.

Our executive team is a committed group of leaders with extensive experience and capabilities. Based around the world, they help guide and lead UL as we advance further into our second century.


Jenny Scanlon

Jennifer Scanlon
President and Chief Executive Officer, UL

Jennifer F. Scanlon (Jenny) started as president and chief executive officer of UL on September 30, 2019. Jenny most recently served as president, CEO and a director of USG Corporation. Jenny sets the direction for the next generation of solutions for UL including building new offerings and opening new markets.


Executive leadership


Sajeev Jesudas

Sajeev Jesudas
President, International Operations

Sajeev Jesudas is responsible for UL’s operations and business growth outside the U.S. including Korea, Greater China, Canada, Middle East, South Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa, Middle East, Latin America, EMEA, ASEAN and ANZ. In addition, he leads development of UL’s global accounts.


Gitte Schjotz

Gitte Schjøtz
President, Retail and Industry business unit

Gitte Schjøtz is responsible driving global growth and building a portfolio that enables companies in the supply chain network to manage product compliance and enterprise risks. Our Retail and Industry business unit encompasses five divisions: Building and Life Safety Technologies, Consumer and Retail Services, Environment and Sustainability, Materials and Supply Chain, and Wire and Cable.


Weifang Zhou

Weifang Zhou
President, Connected Technologies business unit

Weifang Zhou drives growth by creating portfolio synergy, designing innovative solutions and increasing UL’s relevance to customers worldwide. Our Connected Technologies business unit encompasses seven divisions: Appliances, HVAC/R and Lighting, Automotive, Consumer Technology, Energy and Power Technologies, Identity Management and Security, Life and Health Sciences, and Small Appliances.


Senior leadership


Patrick Boyle

Patrick Boyle
Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer

Patrick Boyle is responsible for supporting the enterprise with a range of leadership and executive education, learning and development, operational excellence, change management and organization development strategies. He collaborates closely with the human resources function and partners with the executive team to identify ongoing competence, learning and development needs.


Jason Fischer

Jason Fischer
Senior Vice President and General Manager Field Services

Jason Fischer is responsible for UL’s Field Engineering, which leads the effort around supply chain intelligence to both modernize technology and use data and analytics to drive enhanced field-related decisions, evaluations and compliance.


Adrian Groom

Adrian Groom
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Adrian Groom is responsible for providing strategic and competitive advantages to the business through culture change, policy modernization and structure change. He is also responsible for talent acquisition, employee engagement and employee retention.


Lynn Hancock

Lynn H. Hancock
Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Lynn Hancock leads the development and enhancement of UL’s corporate strategy, leveraging her extensive knowledge of operations, manufacturing, quality assurance, and process optimization.


Jackie McLaughlin

Jackie McLaughlin
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Jackie McLaughlin is responsible for managing several key functions including legal services, ethics and compliance, government affairs, conformity assessment programs, and global security and brand protection.


Ryan Robinson

Ryan Robinson
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Robinson oversees accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, internal audit, tax and business support functions at UL. He is also responsible for strategy and corporate development.


Kathy Seegebrecht

Kathy Seegebrecht
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Kathy Seegebrecht is responsible for the global marketing organization, leading brand and marketing strategy, communication, public relations and crisis management, corporate sustainability, events, customer experience, digital marketing and social media.


Karriem Shakoor

Karriem Shakoor
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Karriem Shakoor is responsible for global strategy, development and management of the company’s technology and information assets including enterprise architecture, data/analytics, systems development and technology operations.



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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