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Williams Companies Inc (WMB.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Stephen Bergstrom

60 2017 Independent Chairman of the Board

Alan Armstrong

55 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

John Chandler

48 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Micheal Dunn

52 2017 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

T. Lane Wilson

51 2017 Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel

Walter Bennett

48 2015 Senior Vice President- West

Frank Ferazzi

61 2017 Senior Vice President - Atlantic-Gulf

John Poarch

53 2017 Senior Vice President - Engineering Services

James Scheel

53 2014 Senior Vice President, Northeast G&P

Chad Zamarin

41 2017 Senior Vice President - Corporate Strategic Development

Ted Timmermans

61 2010 Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Controller

Nancy Buese

48 2018 Independent Director

Stephen Chazen

71 2016 Independent Director

Charles Cogut

71 2016 Independent Director

Kathleen Cooper

73 2017 Independent Director

Michael Creel

64 2016 Independent Director

Vicki Fuller

50 2018 Independent Director

Peter Ragauss

60 2016 Independent Director

Scott Sheffield

65 2016 Independent Director

Murray Smith

68 2012 Independent Director

William Spence

61 2016 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Stephen Bergstrom

Mr. Stephen W. Bergstrom is Independent Chairman of the Board of the Board of the Company. Mr. Bergstrom is well-known in the industry for his record as an outstanding operator. He is a director on the Board of American Midstream Partners GP, LLC, a natural gas gathering, processing and transporting company, and from 2013 to 2015, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of the board of directors of the American Midstream Partners general partner. During his tenure as president and chief executive officer of American Midstream Partners, Mr. Bergstrom established a strong platform and led the company through a period of substantial growth while increasing geographic and operational diversity and enhancing fee-based cash flow. Mr. Bergstrom acted as an exclusive consultant to ArcLight Capital Partners, an energy-focused investment firm, from 2003 to 2015, assisting ArcLight in connection with its energy investments. From 1986 to 2002, Mr. Bergstrom served in several leadership roles for Natural Gas Clearinghouse, which became Dynegy Inc., a major electric utility company. Mr. Bergstrom acted in various capacities at Dynegy, ultimately serving as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Bergstrom began his career with Transco Energy Company, Inc. in 1980. Mr. Bergstrom earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Administration from Iowa State University.

Alan Armstrong

Mr. Alan S. Armstrong is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Armstrong served as Senior Vice President—Midstream and acted as President of our midstream business. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Armstrong was Vice President, Gathering and Processing for Midstream. From 1998 to 1999 he was Vice President, Commercial Development for our midstream business. Since the ACMP Merger, Mr. Armstrong has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Williams Partners. Prior to the ACMP Merger, Mr. Armstrong served the general partner of Williams Partners as a director (since 2012) and Chief Executive Officer (since December 31, 2014). Prior to the ACMP Merger, Mr. Armstrong served the general partner of Pre-merger Williams Partners as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (2011 until the ACMP Merger), director (2005 until the ACMP Merger), Senior Vice President – Midstream (2010-2011), and Chief Operating Officer (2005-2010). Mr. Armstrong has served as a director of BOK Financial Corporation since 2013, and currently serves as a member of the National Petroleum Council and as a director for the American Petroleum Institute. Mr. Armstrong also serves on the boards of several education-focused organizations including the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering and Junior Achievement, USA. Mr. Armstrong is also a member of the boards of The Williams Foundation and Philbrook Museum of Art. Mr. Armstrong graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.As Chief Executive Officer and President of Williams, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of WPZ and due to his various senior leadership roles at Williams, Mr. Armstrong’s qualifications and experience include: energy industry, executive leadership, engineering and construction, strategy development and risk management, operating, environmental, and marketplace knowledge.

John Chandler

Mr. John D. Chandler serves as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company. Mr. Chandler, age 47, has over 20 years of energy finance and leadership experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Magellan GP, LLC, the general partner of Magellan Midstream Partners, LP from 2009 until his retirement in March 2014. From 2003 until 2009, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the general partner of Magellan Midstream Holdings, L.P. From 1992 until 2002, Mr. Chandler held various accounting and finance roles within Williams and MAPCO Inc., prior to its acquisition by Williams.

Micheal Dunn

Mr. Micheal G. Dunn is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company and Williams Partners GP LLC, the general partner of Williams Partners L.P., effective as of February 27, 2017. Mr. Dunn has over 25 years of energy industry leadership experience, most recently serving as President of Questar Pipeline and as Executive Vice President of Questar Corporation. Prior to joining Questar in 2015, Mr. Dunn served as President and Chief Executive Officer of PacifiCorp Energy since 2010, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

T. Lane Wilson

Mr. T. Lane Wilson has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer since April 2017. Prior to joining Williams, Mr. Wilson served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma from 2009 until he joined Williams in April 2017. Mr. Wilson previously served as a shareholder and member of the board of directors of the Hall Estill law firm from 1994 through 2008.

Walter Bennett

Mr. Walter J. Bennett is Senior Vice President-West of the Company. Mr. Bennett was formerly Chief Operating Officer of Chesapeake Midstream Development and served as Senior Vice President-Operations at Boardwalk Pipeline Partners. Previously, Mr. Bennett served in a variety of senior positions at Gulf South Pipeline Company that included operations and commercial responsibilities. Mr. Bennett began his career at a subsidiary of Koch Industries. Mr. Bennett has served as Senior Vice President - West of the general partner of ACMP/WPZ since December 2013 and served as Senior Vice President - West of the general partner of Pre-merger WPZ from January 2015 until the ACMP Merger. He has served as a director of the general partner of ACMP/WPZ since February 2017.

Frank Ferazzi

Mr. Frank J. Ferazzi has been appointed as Senior Vice President - Atlantic-Gulf of the Company., effective July 31, 2017. He has served as vice president and general manager, Eastern Interstates (including oversight of Williams Partners' Transco pipeline system) in the Atlantic-Gulf operating area since 2012. He has a combined 36 years of service with Williams and Transco where he has held various commercial and customer service leadership roles in the company's gas pipeline business throughout his career.

John Poarch

Mr. John E. Poarch has served as our Senior Vice President - Engineering Services since November 2017. Previously, he served as VP Commercial West OA from March 2017 through November 2017, and before that, as VP Commercial & Business Development from January 2015 through March 2017. Previously, Mr. Poarch was the general manager for Access Midstream’s Eagle Ford operations.

James Scheel

Mr. James E. Scheel is Senior Vice President, Northeast G&P of the Company. Mr. Scheel served as Senior Vice President - Corporate Strategic Development of us and the general partner of Pre-merger WPZ. From 2011 until 2012, Mr. Scheel served as Vice President of Business Development for our midstream business. Mr. Scheel joined Williams in 1988 and has served in leadership roles in business strategic development, engineering and operations, our NGL business, and international operations. Mr. Scheel has served as a director and Senior Vice President - Northeast G&P of the general partner of ACMP/WPZ since the ACMP Merger, having previously served as a director of the general partner of ACMP/WPZ from 2012 to February 2014. Mr. Scheel served as a director of the general partner of Pre-merger WPZ from 2012 until the ACMP Merger.

Chad Zamarin

Mr. Chad Zamarin is Senior Vice President - Corporate Strategic Development of the company. He previously served as senior vice president and president, Pipeline and Midstream at Cheniere Energy, Inc., brings to Williams significant experience in delivering strategic growth across diverse segments of the energy industry, especially in pipeline transportation and in the development of growing LNG exports.

Ted Timmermans

Mr. Ted T. Timmermans is Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Controller of the Company. Mr. Timmermans served as Assistant Controller of Williams from 1998 to 2005. He served as Vice President, Controller & Chief Accounting Officer of the general partner of Pre-merger WPZ until the ACMP Merger and has served in those roles for the general partner of ACMP/WPZ since the ACMP Merger. Mr. Timmermans served as Chief Accounting Officer of the general partner of WMZ from 2008 until its merger with Pre-merger WPZ in 2010.

Nancy Buese

Ms. Nancy K. Buese is Independent Director of the Company. Nancy K. Buese currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Newmont Mining Corporation. Prior to joining Newmont in 2016, she served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for MPLX, a publicly traded midstream energy company formed by Marathon Petroleum Corporation. Prior to MPLX’s acquisition of MarkWest Energy Partners in 2015, Ms. Buese served for 11 years as executive vice president and chief financial officer of MarkWest. Having worked in public accounting for 12 years, Ms. Buese also is a former partner with Ernst & Young. She earned her degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas and is a certified public accountant.

Stephen Chazen

Mr. Stephen I. Chazen is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Chazen retired as Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production and chemical company, in April 2016, and has remained on Occidental’s Board of Directors, on which he has served since May 2010. During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Chazen recommended and implemented the company’s acquisition and divestiture strategy, which transformed Occidental into a major oil and gas company. He previously served as President of Occidental Petroleum from 2007 to 2015; Chief Operating Officer from 2010 to 2011; and Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2010. Prior to being named President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Chazen was Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive Vice President from 2004 to 2007, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President-Corporate Development from 1999 to 2004, and Executive Vice President-Corporate Development from 1994 to 1999. Before joining Occidental, Mr. Chazen was a Managing Director in Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of TPG Pace Energy Holdings Corp., a private energy investment company. Since 2013, Mr. Chazen has also served as a director of Ecolab USA Inc. Mr. Chazen is a former Chairman of the American Petroleum Institute. Mr. Chazen holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in Finance from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Rutgers College.

Charles Cogut

Mr. Charles I. Cogut is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Cogut is a retired partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where for many years he led the firm’s M&A and private equity practices, with a specialty in domestic, international and cross-border mergers and acquisitions; the representation of special committees of boards of directors; and buyouts and other corporate transactions. Mr. Cogut regularly advised boards of directors with respect to corporate governance matters and fiduciary responsibilities. Mr. Cogut joined Simpson Thacher in 1973 and was a partner at Simpson Thacher from 1980 through 2012. Mr. Cogut has been a member of the Board of Directors of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. since 2015 and joined the Board of Patheon N.V. in 2017. Mr. Cogut received his J.D. in 1973 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School after graduating summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 1969. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Co-Chair of the Board of Advisors of the University’s Institute for Law and Economics.

Kathleen Cooper

Dr. Kathleen B. Cooper is Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Cooper is Currently President of Cooper Strategies International LLC, Dr. Cooper previously served as Under Secretary for Economic Affairs of the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2001 to 2005. Prior to this role, she spent ten years as Chief Economist of the Exxon Mobil Corporation, advising senior management on the global business environment and energy markets and playing a leadership role in the planning process for this top tier energy company. In addition to her accomplished leadership in the energy sector, Dr. Cooper is distinguished in the financial services industry. She serves as a director of Deutsche Bank Trust Corporation and Deutsche Bank Trust Company of the Americas, subsidiaries of Deutsche Bank AG, and was a founding director of Texas Security Bank from 2008 to 2010. Earlier in her career, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Economist of Security Pacific National Bank and Chief Economist of the United Banks of Colorado. Currently a Senior Fellow of the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Cooper’s academic experience includes two years as Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of North Texas. She holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Colorado. Dr. Cooper also has chaired the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, among many professional and non-profit organizations for which she has served in leadership roles.

Michael Creel

Mr. Michael A. Creel is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Creel is an executive with 36 years of energy experience, including 11 years on large public company boards. Mr. Creel previously served as a Director and Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. from 2010 until his retirement in 2015. Earlier, he served in positions of increasing responsibility with the company since 1999. He was also group vice chairman at EPCO, Inc., and executive vice president and chief financial officer at Duncan Energy Partners L.P., a company engaged in natural gas liquids transportation, fractionation, marketing and storage, and petrochemical product transportation, gathering and marketing. He was also president and chief executive officer at the general partner of Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. and held a number of executive management positions with Shell affiliate Tejas Energy and NorAm Energy Corp. Mr. Creel is a graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Vicki Fuller

Ms. Vicki L. Fuller is Independent Director of the Company. Vicki Fuller recently announced her retirement from the New York State Common Retirement Fund (NYSCRF) where she had served as chief investment officer since August 2012. The fund is the third largest public pension fund in the nation and holds and invests the assets of the New York State and Local Retirement System on behalf of more than one million state and local government employees and retirees and their beneficiaries. Prior to joining NYSCRF, Ms. Fuller spent 27 years in leadership positions at AllianceBernstein, which has approximately $500 billion in assets under management. She joined the company in 1993 from the Equitable Capital Management Corporation, which was acquired by Alliance Capital Management LP (In 2000, the company became AllianceBernstein LP after the company acquired Sanford C. Bernstein). Ms. Fuller, who was inducted into the National Association of Securities Professionals Wall Street Hall of Fame, was named to Chief Investment Officer Magazine's "Power 100" and received the Financial Women's Association's Woman of the Year Award. She has also been named one of the most powerful African Americans on Wall Street by Black Enterprise . Ms. Fuller obtained her bachelor's degree in accounting from Roosevelt University and her MBA from the University of Chicago.

Peter Ragauss

Mr. Peter A. Ragauss is Independent Director of THE WILLIAMS COMPANIES, INC.. Mr. Ragauss retired from Baker Hughes, an oilfield services company, in November 2014, after serving eight years as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He joined the Board of Directors of Apache Corporation in December 2014. From 2003 to 2006, prior to joining Baker Hughes, Mr. Ragauss was controller, Refining and Marketing, for BP Plc. From 2000 to 2003, he was Chief Executive Officer for Air BP. From 1998 to 2000, he was assistant to group chief executive for BP Amoco. He was vice president of Finance and Portfolio Management for Amoco Energy International when Amoco Corporation merged with BP in 1998. Earlier in his career, from 1996 to 1998, Mr. Ragauss served as vice president of Finance for El Paso Energy International. He held positions of increasing responsibility at Tenneco Inc. from 1993 to 1996, and Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated from 1987 to 1993. Mr. Ragauss holds a master’s degree from Harvard Business School and bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.

Scott Sheffield

Mr. Scott Douglas Sheffield is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Sheffield currently serves as Executive Chairman of Pioneer Natural Resources Company, a large domestic upstream oil and gas company. Mr. Sheffield served as Chief Executive Officer of the company from August 1997 through December 2016 and assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors in August 1999. He was President of the company from August 1997 to November 2004. Mr. Sheffield was the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Parker & Parsley Petroleum Company, a predecessor company of Pioneer Natural Resources Company, from January 1989 until August 1997. Mr. Sheffield joined Parker & Parsley as a petroleum engineer in 1979, was promoted to Vice President of Engineering in 1981, was elected President and a director in 1985, and became Parker & Parsley’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in 1989. Mr. Sheffield also serves as a director of Santos Limited, an Australian exploration and production company, since 2014. He previously served as a director from 1996 to 2004 on the board of Evergreen Resources, Inc., an independent natural gas energy company. Mr. Sheffield is a distinguished graduate of The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Murray Smith

Mr. Murray D. Smith is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Smith is currently president of Murray D. Smith and Associates, an energy consulting firm. Previously, he held various positions in the Canadian government. As an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada, Mr. Smith served in four different Cabinet portfolios between 1993 and 2004. As Minister of Energy of Alberta from 2001 to 2004, Mr. Smith oversaw the transformation of the electricity sector into a competitive wholesale generation market and initiated the largest industrial tax reduction in the Province’s history. Mr. Smith served as Representative of the Province of Alberta to the United States of America in Washington, D.C., from 2005 to 2007. Prior to becoming an elected official, Mr. Smith was an independent businessman, owning a number of Alberta-based energy services companies. Currently, he is a director of Surge Energy Inc., a public oil and gas company with operations throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, and NSolv Corporation, which owns proprietary technology for water-free oil sands in-situ extraction.

William Spence

Mr. William H. Spence is Independent Director of THE WILLIAMS COMPANIES, INC. Mr. Spence is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PPL Corporation, one of the largest investor-owned utility companies in the United States. The PPL family of companies, with assets of more than $38 billion, delivers electricity and natural gas to about 10 million customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. Mr. Spence was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2011 and Chairman in 2012. Previously, he had 19 years of service with Pepco Holdings, Inc., where he held a number of senior management positions. Mr. Spence earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley College. Mr. Spence also is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the Nuclear Technology Program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Spence serves on the boards of numerous industry organizations including those dealing with research, cyber and physical security, the environment and electric reliability. He also serves on several non-profit community organizations that focus on community education, health and human services.