Beth Williams, former CEO of Roxbury Technology, dies at the age of 57
Beth Williams, former President and CEO of Roxbury Technology Corp. and a prominent leader died in Boston’s black business world.
Williams, who was 57 years old, took over the helm of her father’s manufacturing company in Hyde Park in late 2002 after his death. Roxbury Technology focused on the manufacture and sale of remanufactured toner cartridges for laser printers, fax machines and copiers; The company was founded by her father, Archie, to promote job growth in underserved communities and promote economic development.
Donna Williams, Beth’s older sister who worked with her at Roxbury Technology, said she was “a warrior”.
“She was an eloquent speaker, she fought for the community, women’s rights … She wanted to do so much for the economic development of the community,” Williams said in a brief interview.
The cause of Beth Williams’ death was initially unknown.
The incumbent Mayor of Boston, Kim Janey, called Williams a “groundbreaking entrepreneur”. in a series of tweets on Friday.
“She embodied a compassionate and generous leader who spent her time and energy raising everyone around her and giving those in need a second chance,” Janey wrote.
Williams has been involved in Boston city efforts for years to close the gender pay gap, including analyzing local business wage data and working with businesses to eradicate inequalities. Prior to running Roxbury Technology, she was Director of Business Diversity at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts according to her LinkedIn profile.
Segun Idowu, president and executive director of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, shared the news of Williams’ death in an email to members and supporters on Thursday evening. He said she was one of BECMA’s newest board members.
“This is a tremendous loss to the BECMA team, the Roxbury community, the city of Boston, our Commonwealth and the New England region,” wrote Idowu. “We mourn this sudden and tragic news.”
Under Williams, Roxbury Technology grew to $ 16 million in annual sales and 75 employees at its peak. The company has also forged partnered with Framingham-based office supplies retailer Staples.
“For Beth, her most important role as CEO has been to provide critical employee qualification opportunities for members of our community who are often overlooked or rejected,” said Idowu.