President and Chief Executive Officer
Alan Armstrong became president and chief executive officer of Williams in January 2011. Previously, he served as president of Williams’ midstream and olefins businesses in North America. Additionally, Armstrong serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer for Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ), the master limited partnership that owns most of Williams’ gas pipeline and domestic midstream assets.
Previously, Armstrong served as vice president of gathering and processing from 1999 to 2002; vice president of commercial development from 1998 to 1999; vice president of retail energy services from 1997 to 1998 and director of commercial operations for the company’s midstream business in the Gulf Coast region from 1995 to 1997. He joined Williams in 1986 as an engineer.
Armstrong graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
Armstrong serves on the board of directors of the American Petroleum Institute and is a member of the National Petroleum Council and the Business Roundtable. He previously served as president of the Gas Processors Association and as a director on the Natural Gas Supply Association’s board.
Armstrong also serves as board member and past chairman of the Board of Visitors for the University of Oklahoma’s College of Engineering. He serves on the board of directors of several education-focused organizations: Junior Achievement, USA; Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, where he also served as chairman; Teach for America – Oklahoma; and the Oklahoma Business Education Coalition. Armstrong is a member of the boards of The Williams Foundation and Philbrook Museum of Art. He serves as a director on the board of four publicly traded entities: Williams; Williams Partners L.P. (chairman of the board); Access Midstream Partners, GP, LLC; and BOK Financial.
Armstrong has spoken at numerous energy conferences and seminars, including CERA Week, Chemical Manufacturers Association International, Platts Energy Conference, Gas Processors Association, Pipe Liner Clubs and the National Energy Association.
He also has presented at the Canada Energy Symposium and has been a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission panel speaker on gathering deregulation. Armstrong has spoken at industry analyst conferences, corporate and philanthropic events.