Robert Purgason became senior vice president of Williams’ Central Operating Area in January 2015. His area of responsibility includes operations and the specifically related support functions that were part of Access Midstream Partners. Williams in June 2014 acquired controlling interest in Access Midstream Partners. He was named senior vice president of Williams’ Operational Excellence functional area in March 2015.
Previously, Purgason in 2010 became chief operating officer of the general partner of Access Midstream Partners. Prior to that role, he spent five years at Crosstex Energy Services, L.P. and was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer in November 2006.
Purgason’s earlier experience includes 19 years of service at Williams in various senior business development and operational roles. He began his career at Perry Gas Companies in Odessa, Texas, working in all facets of the natural gas treating business.
Purgason graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1978.