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Williams appoints two new independent directors

Williams CompaniesThe Williams Companies, an energy company, announced that it has appointed two new highly-qualified independent directors: Charles Cogut and Michael A. Creel.
Mr. Cogut, recognized as one of the leading corporate lawyers in the United States, is currently senior merger and acquisitions counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he has practiced law for more than 40 years.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Cogut has specialized in domestic, international and cross-border mergers and acquisitions; corporate governance matters; the representation of special committees of boards of directors; and buyouts and other transactions involving private equity firms.

Mr. Cogut was a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP from 1980 through 2012, serving as global head of the firm's M&A group from 1996-2011.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and also a member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a private, not-for-profit research and educational institution at the forefront of molecular biology and genetics.

He graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh University and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mr. Creel is a highly-skilled and extremely-knowledgeable industry leader, having served as chief executive officer and director of the general partner of Enterprise Products Partners L.P., a North American provider of midstream energy services. He is a proven executive with a deep understanding of the midstream sector.

Mr. Creel was chief executive officer and director of the general partner of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. until his retirement in 2015. He served in positions with increasing responsibility with the company since 1999.

He was also group vice chairman at EPCO, Inc., and executive vice president and chief financial officer at Duncan Energy Partners L.P., a company engaged in natural gas liquids transportation, fractionation, marketing and storage, and petrochemical product transportation, gathering and marketing.

He was also president and chief executive officer at the general partner of Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. and held a number of executive management positions with Shell affiliate Tejas Energy and NorAm Energy Corp.

Mr. Creel will also be joining the board of Suncor Energy, effective January 1, 2017.

He is a graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting.




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