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Keith E. Williams to Keynote at 65th Annual SES Conference
August 8 – 11, 2016, Grand Hyatt Denver, Denver, Colorado

SES - The Society for Standards Professionals is pleased to announce that Keith Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of Underwriters Laboratories, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual SES Conference. The 2016 Conference, to be held August 8 – 11 at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, Colorado, will focus on the theme, New Frontiers in Standards and Conformity Assessment.

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 121-year 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 UL’s business, laying the foundation for the company’s growth in the 21st century. Through a series of successful acquisitions UL has expanded its 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, UL has also become a global leader in brand protection and a leading research institution into the science of safety. UL continues 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 8 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 National Fire Protection Association, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, World Business Chicago, and Opera Memphis. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

SES President, Richard Forselius, said, "SES is elated to welcome Keith Williams as our keynote speaker for our 65th annual conference. Underwriters Laboratories is held in the highest esteem in the standards community. UL has consistently partnered with SES for many years supporting our programs, strengthening standardization and conformity assessment. Keith’s unmatched experience and inspiring personal advice to our constituency of standards professionals, along with our exceptional slate of program speakers and moderators, will allow SES to continue to further a key objective of educating conference attendees about today’s standards activities and the standards profession. We have an outstanding conference planned this year in Denver, please join me and Keith Williams this August; confirm your attendance early for the conference!”

About SES
SES - The Society for Standards Professionals was founded in 1947 as the Standards Engineering Society, a not-for-profit professional membership society dedicated to furthering the knowledge and use of standards and standardization. SES is unique in that it is the only organization in North America committed exclusively to this effort. SES provides a neutral networking forum where standards users and developers can come together to address mutual issues, opportunities, and interests in ways that work to the benefit of everyone involved with, or affected by, standards. The Society’s worldwide membership includes standards developers, users, managers, and information specialists from industry, government, standards developing organizations, trade associations, and academia. SES is the member body for the United States and Canada in the International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN) and accredited by the American National Standards Institute.

Mike Morrell, AStd, FSES
Executive Director
SES - The Society for Standards Professionals
Phone: 1 603 926 0750