SOURCE: Underwriters Laboratories

March 05, 2007 14:00 ET

Tadakatsu Sano Elected to Underwriters Laboratories' Board of Trustees

NORTHBROOK, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 5, 2007 -- Underwriters Laboratories (UL) announced today that Tadakatsu Sano, a global trade expert and former senior Japanese government official, has been elected to the UL Board of Trustees.

Sano previously represented the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) for more than 35 years. He served as director-general of the International Trade Policy Bureau and Trade Administration Bureau and was the Vice Minister of International Affairs and Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa.

He also has worked with World Trade Organization officials in U.S.-Japan auto industry negotiations and semiconductor talks, and helped the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to launch its Regulatory Reform Programme which led to widespread regulatory reforms in Japan. He is presently a partner with the global law firm Jones Day.

"We are delighted to welcome Tad Sano to UL," said Keith Williams, UL President and CEO. "His global perspective adds unique capabilities to our Board as we expand our business horizons and seek to advance UL's public safety mission around the world."

"Tad is an exceptional addition to the UL Board," said Fred Marcon, chairman of the UL Board of Trustees. "His background complements our Board's already strong business expertise and brings an unparalleled depth in the international trade policy arena."

Sano is a frequent speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Aspen Institute, and BOAO International Forum. He has contributed in publishing three books: "Mid-term Prospects of Japanese Economy and Industry"; "Economic Growth, Energy and Environment"; and "Venture Capital and Small Business." He holds an LL.B. from Kyoto University and currently resides in Tokyo.

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