SOURCE: Underwriters Laboratories

January 18, 2007 12:11 ET

Irene Ho Named to Lead Expansion of Underwriters Laboratories' Global Human Resource Initiatives

NORTHBROOK, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 18, 2007 -- Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), the world's leader in product safety testing and certification, has named Irene Heffernan Ho its new senior vice president of Human Resources.

In her new role, Ho will lead the expansion of UL's global human resource initiatives as the 112-year-old organization continues to serve its customers in more than 90 countries and offer services in 66 laboratory, testing and certification facilities around the world.

"Ms. Ho possesses a wealth of global knowledge and experience in human resource leadership," said Keith Williams, UL's President and CEO. "Her energetic, forward-looking approach and keen insight will be instrumental in the continued development and expansion of UL's global initiatives to better answer our customers' global needs."

"I am very excited to join UL and become part of its rich history of making the world a safer place to live and work," said Ms. Ho. "I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues in Human Resources and helping UL answer the challenges we face in the ever-changing global environment. Our goal is to build a culture of collaboration, competency and excellence."

Prior to UL, Ho most recently directed human resources at KPMG Hong Kong. Ho worked more than ten years for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), where she had a broad portfolio of responsibilities in Asia Pacific, UK, India and the Middle East. Under her leadership, HSBC established new HR functions in the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand, designed and implemented Development Centers for Senior Executives and was responsible for all expatriate recruitment globally.

Born in Limerick, Ireland, Ms. Ho earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She currently resides in Hong Kong with her husband Fred and will be relocating to UL's corporate headquarters in Northbrook, Ill.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for more than 110 years. UL tests more than 19,000 types of products annually, and more then 20 billion UL Marks appear on products each year. Worldwide, UL's family of companies and its network of service providers include 66 laboratories, and testing and certification facilities.

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