Tulsa-based The Williams Companies, Inc. appointed Micheal G. Dunn as the partnership’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer effective February 27, 2017, according to a company press release issued on Wednesday.
In this newly created role, Dunn will focus on optimizing operations to enhance Williams’ competitive advantage and advance the execution of Williams’ long-term growth strategy. Dunn is a direct report to Alan Armstrong, President and CEO of Williams.
Dunn is a proven executive and energy industry veteran. He served as president of Questar Pipeline and executive vice president of Questar Corporation from 2015 to 2016. At Questar, Dunn was the executive leader of a major western U.S. natural gas transmission company comprising four FERC regulated interstate pipelines with natural gas storage and processing capabilities. Prior to his service at Questar, Dunn served as president and CEO of PacifiCorp Energy, a multi-state regulated electric power generating company and a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Prior to PacifiCorp Energy, Dunn was president of Kern River Gas Transmission Company, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy interstate natural gas pipeline subsidiary. He joined Kern River in 1990, having served in various leadership roles in the areas of operations, construction, engineering and information technology before being named President of Kern River in 2007.
The move into the COO position brings Dunn’s energy career full circle. Following his graduation from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1988, Dunn began his career with Williams as an operations engineer, where he spent 14 years with the company in a variety of technical and leadership roles. Dunn is a registered professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma.
“The Williams team has undertaken a thoughtful and comprehensive analysis of our end-state organizational design. Mike’s appointment further streamlines our business in a way that aligns with our proven natural gas-focused strategy, and will allow us to even more rapidly adapt to evolving market conditions and demand,” said Alan Armstrong, President and CEO of Williams.