Caterpillar's security chief to lead ASIS International

ASIS International has a new president this month in Timothy Williams, CPP, the director of global security for heavy equipment firm Caterpillar. Williams assumed the role of president on Jan. 1.

Williams joined Caterpillar in December 2006, and before that had served as CSO of Nortel. He came to that CSO position at Nortel after serving as the vice president of business ethics from 1994 to 1997. His time at Nortel dated back to 1987. Prior to his work at Nortel, he was director of corporate security services for Boise Cascade Corp., and had previously served as an international security coordinator for Procter & Gamble.

Williams also found time to conduct research and author a number of articles. He is coauthor of "Fraud: Bringing Light to the Dark Side of Business", and served as the managing editor of the Protection of Assets Manual and Protection of Assets Bulletin. He also participated in the creation of the Alliance for Enterprise Security Risk Management (AESRM), an alliance which linked the International Systems Security Association, ASIS and ISACA for the goals of developing standard security process guidelines and conducting research.

He has been ASIS member since 1978, and holds MBA from the University of Toronto. Williams and his wife live in Peoria, Ill.