Jack Wells, vice president of corporate development for Pass & Seymour/Legrand and the grandfather of the GFCI, recently received the Underwriters Laboratory President’s Award for longstanding dedication to public safety. The award is presented to an industry representative who demonstrates “world-class contributions to public safety and is supportive directly or indirectly of UL’s public safety mission.”

“For more than 30 years, Jack has focused instinctively and broadly on public safety and has taken the high road in everything he has done,” says Loring W. Knoblock, president and CEO of UL. “He has provided the highest level of leadership and he knows his business, his industry, and the people in it superbly well.”

Wells was the original product manager for the first ground-fault circuit interrupter, which was developed by Pass & Seymour more than 30 years ago.