Williams (WMB) today announced that John Seldenrust has been appointed Senior Vice President of Engineering & Construction, effective Jan. 1. Seldenrust will report directly to Williams President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Armstrong.
Seldenrust has more than 25 years industry experience and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of best-in-class engineering, design, and project and construction management activities and processes across all of Williams’ businesses. He previously served as Senior Vice President – Eastern Operations for Williams and Access Midstream.
“Superior project development and execution is foundational to the success of our company,” said Armstrong. “I’m confident in John’s ability to lead our talented E&C teams through a complex, challenging and exciting time for our industry. His breadth of knowledge, his passion for consistent excellence and his commitment to meeting the needs of our customers and shareholders will serve him well in this role.”
As the E&C lead, Seldenrust succeeds Fred Pace, who has chosen to retire mid-year 2016 after a 30-plus-year career. In the interim, Pace will continue to report directly to the CEO, assisting with transition and integration activities until a final retirement date is set.
“Under Fred’s steadfast leadership, Williams has executed on a tremendous volume of projects while implementing sweeping enhancements to our E&C processes,” said Armstrong. “We appreciate his help in facilitating a smooth transition with John in 2015 and 2016 and we wish him well in retirement.”
Prior to joining Williams, Seldenrust held a variety of engineering and operations leadership roles with Access Midstream, Chesapeake Energy, BP America, Vastar Resources and ARCO Oil & Gas.
Seldenrust holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia International University and he currently serves on the boards of the Construction Industry Institute and TeenPact Leadership Schools.
Williams (WMB) is a premier provider of large-scale infrastructure connecting North American natural gas and natural gas products to growing demand for cleaner fuel and feedstocks. Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., Williams owns approximately 60 percent of Williams Partners L.P. (WPZ), including all of the 2 percent general-partner interest. Williams Partners is an industry-leading, large-cap master limited partnership with operations across the natural gas value chain from gathering, processing and interstate transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids to petchem production of ethylene, propylene and other olefins. With major positions in top U.S. supply basins and also in Canada, Williams Partners owns and operates more than 33,000 miles of pipelines system wide – including the nation’s largest volume and fastest growing pipeline – providing natural gas for clean-power generation, heating and industrial use. Williams Partners’ operations touch approximately 30 percent of U.S. natural gas. www.williams.com