President, Nicor Gas and Senior Vice President
Southern Company Gas
Melvin D. Williams is president of Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distributor in Illinois, and a senior vice president of Southern Company Gas (formerly AGL Resources).
Williams is responsible for ensuring that natural gas – an American, abundant, affordable and clean energy source – safely and reliably reaches more than 2.1 million homes and businesses in 656 northern Illinois communities. As a member of the Southern Company Gas Management Council, Williams also has the responsibility of shaping the future of the company.
Williams has been with Southern Company Gas for more than 27 years and has a depth of knowledge in all facets of natural gas distribution. He has held positions in numerous areas during his career at Southern Company Gas, including sales and new business development, regulatory affairs, utility operations and financial planning and analysis. He previously served as senior vice president of planning and business services operations, and also held the position of vice president and general manager for Atlanta Gas Light and Florida City Gas.
Williams is a champion for leadership development and for diversity and inclusion. He serves on Southern Company Gas' LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Acceptance, and Diversity) Council, is on the national board of directors of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, and is chair of the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council.
He actively supports numerous community and youth organizations and is passionate about charitable causes that impact communities positively. He is on the board of directors for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Southern Company Gas Private Foundation. Williams also serves on the board of trustees of The Field Museum of Chicago and is a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago and its Civic Committee; The Executives' Club of Chicago; The Chicago Club; The Executive Leadership Council; The Economic Club of Chicago; Business Leadership Council and Chicago United.
Williams received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Savannah State University.
About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.5 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at southerncompanygas.com.