T.D. Williamson, a Tulsa-based pipeline and services company, has announced the retirement of longtime board chairman and past president and CEO Richard (Dick) Williamson, who has assumed the position of chairman emeritus. He is succeeded by his brother Stephen Williamson, who has served on the board of directors since 1977 and most recently held the position of vice chairman.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve in leadership roles at T.D. Williamson since 1971 when my father ran the company,” Dick Williamson said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the work our talented employees accomplish, and I look forward to serving the company as chairman emeritus. The family legacy will continue under my brother Steve and our president and CEO Bob McGrew.”
Dick Williamson received his degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Northwestern. He started at T. D. Williamson in 1971 as an engineer and has held positions including executive vice president and chief operating officer, and president and CEO. He held the position of chairman of the board from 1994 until his retirement this month. Under his leadership, T.D. Williamson grew its geographic footprint across all served markets and has brought many innovative solutions to address complex industry challenges.
Stephen Williamson is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in German and history. He also holds degrees in peace and conflict studies and international relations.Stephen joined T.D. Williamson in 1971 and was assigned to Williamson International in Brussels to work on international marketing efforts in Europe. He has served in numerous functional and leadership roles during his career in T.D. Williamson.
In January of 1989, Stephen Williamson purchased a division of T.D. Williamson, located in Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, and ran it until January 2007 when the division was sold back to T.D. Williamson. He was active in the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) and served on the CGA board for 6 years. He joined the T.D. Williamson board of directors in 1977.
“I am proud to succeed Dick in serving as chairman of the board and to continue the Williamson industry tradition at TDW,” Steve Williamson said. “Our experienced leadership team under Bob McGrew is strong and committed, our employees are the best in the industry, and T.D. Williamson’s brand remains strong globally.”