Jeff Smidt is the vice president and general manager of the Energy and Power Technologies Division at UL (Underwriters Laboratories). UL is a premier global independent safety science company with more than 120 years of history. Employing more than 11,000 professionals in over 100 countries, UL has three distinct business units—Commercial & Industrial, Consumer, and Ventures—to meet the expanding needs of our customers and to deliver on our public safety mission.
As VP and GM, Mr. Smidt oversees a global team of commercial and technical staff focused on serving clients in the Smart Grid, solar, wind, energy storage and electric vehicle industries. He is responsible for executing growth strategies and providing oversight to operations to drive the division’s business.
Mr. Smidt joined UL in 2004. His positions at UL have included Vice President of Appliances, HVAC, and Lighting, commercial management of the Energy and Power & Controls industry segments, general management of the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) service line, and various operations management roles focused on process and systems optimization. Prior to joining UL, Mr. Smidt was a management consultant with Andersen LLP and BearingPoint.
Mr. Smidt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and information systems from Drake University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He serves as a board member of the Chicago chapter of Autism Speaks.