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UL Names Keith E. Williams as New President and CEO

New York, Apr 06, 2005

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), a member of the American National Standards Institute and leading product safety certification organization, has named Keith E. Williams as president and chief executive officer. UL also elected Williams to the company's Board of Trustees. His appointment will begin in mid-May.

Williams brings years of strong international leadership and technical acumen to UL as it continues to expand its business and Public Safety Mission globally. Williams joins UL from ANSI member Medtronic, Inc., where, as senior vice president, he diversified and strengthened the company's Asia-Pacific business, while successfully navigating recent changes in Japanese law regarding medical device companies. During his tenure with Medtronic, Williams also served as the company's senior Quality and Regulatory officer and led its $1.7 billion Neurological & Spinal Business.

"Keith comes to UL as a seasoned executive," said UL Chairman Fred Marcon. "His proven success record in leading technology-driven global businesses, combined with his strong technical orientation and financial expertise makes him an excellent leader for UL. His technical savvy and engineering background are an excellent fit with UL and will help ensure that UL remains the world's leader in safety testing, certification and public safety."

Williams began his 23-year career with GE Medical Systems in 1974. In 1996, he was named general manager of Global Logistics, managing GE's $500 million global inventory and international customer service operations. Previously, Williams served as president of GE Medical Systems China where he was responsible for all GE Medical Systems operations in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

"I was drawn to UL's Public Safety Mission and the opportunity to take its global business to the next level, " said Mr. Williams. "I look forward to joining the organization and working with its dedicated staff, its customers and regulatory and consumer communities. I am confident that together we will advance UL's Public Safety Mission and take the company to unprecedented growth levels."

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization that has been testing products for more than 110 years. UL tests more than 19,000 types of products annually, and more than 19 billion UL Marks appear on products each year. Worldwide, UL's family of companies and its network of service providers include 58 laboratories and testing and certification facilities along with 127 inspection centers operating in more than 65 countries.

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