TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE: WMB) (“Williams”) today announced that Chad Zamarin has been appointed senior vice president of Corporate Strategic Development (CSD), effective June 26. He succeeds Frank Billings, who previously announced his retirement. In this role, Mr. Zamarin will be responsible for enterprise-level strategy, business development, customer-relationship management, and have additional responsibility for government affairs and project analysis. He will report to Alan Armstrong, president and chief executive officer of Williams.
Mr. Zamarin, who 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.
“Chad is an energy industry veteran who brings to Williams a strong track record of setting strategic direction, fostering business relationships and delivering on customer commitments,” said Mr. Armstrong. “We are pleased to have this outstanding leader join our team in this expanded CSD role.”
Mr. Armstrong continued: “Williams’ position between growing natural gas demand markets and the best supply areas in the U.S. differentiates us from many others in the energy space. I’m confident Chad will immediately begin contributing as we deliver predictable, long-term growth through our natural gas-focused business strategy.”
Mr. Zamarin stated: “I’m very excited and honored to be joining the Williams team. The company is positioned well for the future and I look forward to engaging with customers, employees and the company’s stakeholders as Williams continues delivering growth to shareholders.”
About Chad Zamarin
Beginning in 2014 Mr. Zamarin served in executive leadership roles at Cheniere Energy, Inc., including senior vice president and president, Pipeline and Midstream and also president, Cheniere Pipeline Company. Prior to Cheniere Energy, from 2009-2014 he served in various executive roles at NiSource/Columbia Pipeline Group, including chief operating officer at NiSource Midstream, LLC and NiSource Energy Ventures, LLC, as well as president of Pennant Midstream, LLC. From 2004-2009 Mr. Zamarin held technical services and asset integrity leadership roles at Colonial Pipeline Company. Previous to Colonial, from 1998-2004 he served in product, engineering and project management roles at both GE Energy and Panhandle Energy (formerly CMS Energy and Duke Energy, respectively).
Mr. Zamarin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in materials engineering from Purdue University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston.
About Williams & Williams Partners
Williams (NYSE: WMB) is a premier provider of large-scale infrastructure connecting U.S. natural gas and natural gas products to growing demand for cleaner fuel and feedstocks. Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., Williams owns approximately 74 percent of Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ). Williams Partners is an industry-leading, large-cap master limited partnership with operations across the natural gas value chain from gathering, processing and interstate transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids to petchem production of ethylene, propylene and other olefins. With major positions in top U.S. supply basins, Williams Partners owns and operates more than 33,000 miles of pipelines system wide – including the nation’s largest volume and fastest growing pipeline – providing natural gas for clean-power generation, heating and industrial use. Williams Partners’ operations touch approximately 30 percent of U.S. natural gas. www.williams.com
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