Williams Cos Names John Chandler as New CFO

By Ezequiel Minaya Features Dow Jones Newswires

Pipeline company Williams Cos. on Monday named John Chandler as its new chief financial officer.

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Outgoing incumbent Don Chappel announced his retirement earlier this year. He joined Williams in April 2003, according to the company's website.

Mr. Chandler is slated to start his new role Sept. 5. He previously served as finance chief for pipeline operator Magellan Midstream Partners LP from 2002 to 2014.

Magellan began trading as Williams Energy Partners in February 2001 before changing to its current name in September 2003.

"John is a deeply experienced chief financial officer who is well-known in the energy markets and within Williams," said Alan Armstrong, Williams's president and chief executive.

Mr. Chandler has also been a board member at USA Compression Partners LP, Cone Midstream Partners LP, Green Plains Partners LP and Matrix Service Co.

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Last year, nearly half of Williams's board members quit after a failed attempt at forcing out Chief Executive Alan Armstrong following the collapse of a merger deal with Energy Transfer Equity LP. Earlier this year, the company added Micheal Dunn as chief operating officer.

In July, the company completed the sale of its stake of an olefins plant in Louisiana to Nova Chemicals Corp. for $2.1 billion as part of its plans to focus on natural gas. During a call with analysts earlier this month, Mr. Armstrong said that the company now stands "at around 97% of our gross margins coming from predictable fee-based sources that are aligned with natural gas volumes."

Write to Ezequiel Minaya at ezequiel.minaya@wsj.com

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August 28, 2017 11:08 ET (15:08 GMT)