Captain Williams has a unique set of work experiences in operations and HSE leadership. As a career naval officer, Bill developed expertise in marine engineering, combat systems, strategic planning and crisis management. In a 27-year career he taught leadership at the U. S. Naval Academy; commanded two destroyers and a guided missile cruiser; led fleet operations officer for a major U. S. Fleet; served as a Battle Group Chief of Staff, and in a critical counterterrorism and crisis management position with the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.
Following naval service he served as Vice President, HSE, for A. P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company, with responsibility for HSE oversight in shipping, marine terminal operations, integrated logistics and supply chain safety in the Americas. He developed and executed a strategy that achieved major reductions in personal injury and operational disruptions, and achieved the near-elimination of fatal and serious injury events. In the environmental area he presided over key programs to vastly reduce carbon emissions from ships and ensured Maersk maintained a leadership position in environmental stewardship through action and deeds. He is a member of the National Maritime Safety Association, is Chairman Emeritus of the Conference Board’s EHS Council, and has served with the National Safety Council as a member of the Board of Trustees, Board of Delegates, World Class Team, and Campbell Institute.
Captain Williams holds a Master of General Administration from the University of Maryland, a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, and has a Diploma (Strategic Planning) from The National War College, Washington, DC,