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NORTHBROOK, Ill., September 22, 2008 -- Underwriters Laboratories (UL) today announced that George Williams has been elected to UL's board of trustees.
Mr. Williams is currently senior vice president of Operations at ComEd, a Chicago-based unit of the Exelon Corporation and one of the nation's largest electric utilities with 3.8 million customers in Northern Illinois. As ComEd's senior vice president of Operations, he is responsible for overall coordination of operations including electric distribution, maintenance and construction, new business, and work management.
"We are delighted to welcome George to UL," said Keith Williams, UL president and CEO. "His vast experience in engaging regulatory bodies, public agencies and industry audiences adds unique capabilities to our board as we seek to advance UL's public safety mission around the world."
"We are very enthusiastic about the guidance George can offer as we continue our long-term global growth strategy," said Fred Marcon, chairman of UL's board of trustees. "His distinguished 25-year career demonstrates leadership and focus on operational results that will only further our organizational goal of promoting public safety worldwide."
Prior to ComEd, Mr. Williams held a number of other key leadership positions within the nuclear and fossil industry. He was vice president of Operations at Entergy, an integrated energy company that provides electricity in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. He has also worked at PPL Susquehanna, Progress Energy (formerly Carolina Power & Light), and Exelon's PECO, an electric and natural gas utility in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Williams received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Widener University and a master of business administration degree from Saint Joseph's University. He has completed the Wharton's Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania, the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership and Harvard University's program for senior executives.
Mr. Williams was selected by the editors of U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine for the prestigious 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology list for 2006 and 2008. He also appeared on the 2005 list of the 50 Most Important Blacks in Technology. Honorees are chosen for this annual list based on their work in making technology part of global society. He was also selected as one of the Top 100 Executive Leaders Under 50 by the Diversity MBA magazine and was featured in the Who's Who in Black Chicago, Second Edition.
Mr. Williams is an active board member in numerous civic and professional organizations including the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC), and Executive Leadership Council (ELC).
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