Williams Partners LP (NYSE: WPZ) has made changes to the board of directors of its general partner, Williams Partners GP LLC. Williams (NYSE: WMB) owns approximately 64% of Williams Partners, including its general partner interest. Laura A. Sugg has been appointed to the board, effective Jan. 17.
Sugg succeeds Thomas F. Karam, who has served as a director since May 2012. Karam resigned from the board to pursue other business interests. Sugg, who previously served on the general partner’s board between 2011 and 2012, will serve as an independent director on the Audit Committee. Formerly a senior executive at ConocoPhillips, Sugg also will continue to serve on Williams’ board of directors, which she joined in 2010.
Sugg is a retired senior executive of ConocoPhillips, serving more than 20 years in roles of increasing responsibility, last serving as president of the Australasia Division. In this role, she was in charge of profit and loss and growth for ConocoPhillips’ operations in Australia and East Timor. Prior to her role as president of the Australasia Division, Sugg served as ConocoPhillips’ general manager E&P human resources; ConocoPhillips’ midstream executive responsible for the profit and loss, health, safety, and environment, and for operations for its gas gathering, processing, and fractionation business in the US, Canada, and Trinidad; and as vice president of worldwide gas.
Sugg has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University, and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.