Williams names Purgason and Bennett to new leadership roles


Williams (NYSE: WMB) reports that Robert Purgason and Walter Bennett each will assume a role as senior vice president of one of the company’s US operating areas, effective Jan. 1. Williams’ board of directors confirmed both Purgason’s and Bennett’s roles, which will report directly to Williams President and CEO Alan Armstrong.

The operating area Purgason will lead encompasses the assets and operations of Access Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ACMP), which includes natural gas gathering and processing in the Marcellus, Utica, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Barnett, Mid-Continent, and Niobrara producing areas.

Purgason currently serves as COO of the general partner of ACMP, a position he assumed in January 2010. His prior experience includes service at Crosstex Energy Services LP, where he was executive vice president and COO during most of his five-year tenure there. Previously, he served 19 years at Williams in various senior business-development and operational roles. He began his career at Perry Gas Companies in Odessa, Texas. He earned a bachelor of chemical engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Bennett will lead Williams’ West Operating Area, succeeding Allison Bridges, who has chosen to retire at the end of this year. The West Operating Area includes natural gas gathering and processing operations in Colorado, Wyoming, and the Four Corners area, as well as the Northwest Pipeline interstate natural gas transmission system.

Bennett currently serves as senior vice president of Western Operations for ACMP. His area of responsibility in that role includes ACMP’s Anadarko, Mid-Continent, Niobrara, Barnett, Permian, Eagle Ford, and Haynesville operations. His prior experience includes serving as COO for Chesapeake Midstream Development; senior vice president of operations for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners; and a variety of senior positions at Gulf South Pipeline Co. He began his career at a subsidiary of Koch Industries in Gary, Indiana. Bennett earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and his Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana State University.

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