Today at Berkeley Lab

Director’s Message on Retirement of CFO Kim Williams

Dear Colleagues:

I wrote to you back in June to let you know that the Lab’s Chief Financial Officer Kim Williams was planning to retire, and now her last day — Oct. 5 — is nearly here. For the past six years, Kim has expertly led the Lab’s financial organization, and shared her knowledge and her time with all of us. She will be missed as both a colleague and a friend.

Since she joined the Lab in 2006, Kim has been at the heart of our finance group and has served as a role model for Laboratory stewardship — our responsibility to take care of the Lab’s reputation and maintain the trust of our sponsors and the taxpayers so that we may continue to excel at our scientific mission. Her expertise has been instrumental in helping the Lab succeed by putting strong financial controls in place and by modernizing our financial systems.

Kim also took the time to teach many of us the language of finance —about 900 at last count — through a popular seminar on understanding government funding and budgets.

One of the projects I look forward to each year is the production by Kim and her team of our annual financial report. This shows us — by the numbers — how financial management helps us to be good stewards of the Lab.

On a personal level, Kim has been invaluable in helping me to understand the Lab’s financial landscape, systems, opportunities, and challenges. We will miss Kim’s guidance in this area. She has also spent valuable hours mentoring dozens of colleagues during her career. Her contributions and outstanding leadership over the years leave the Lab on a strong footing for her successor.

Kim tells me she plans to travel more often, especially to Scotland where she has a young granddaughter. She also has a family wedding to plan. While these will keep her busy, I know Kim is looking to use her talents to have an impact in the lives of others, the same way she has had an impact on each of us at the Lab.

Please join me in wishing Kim a wonderful retirement during a celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Lab Cafeteria.

Best regards,
Mike