TULSA, Okla., Aug. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- T.D. Williamson, a Tulsa-based pipeline and services company, today announced the retirement of longtime board chairman and past president and CEO Richard B. Williamson (also known as 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. Dick is considered a luminary by many pipeline industry bodies and is also recognized by numerous community organizations for his leadership where he continues to serve.
Steve 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. Steve Williamson 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, Steve 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."
T.D. Williamson was founded as The Petroleum Electric Company by T.D. Williamson Sr., in 1920. Today, under the leadership of the third-generation of Williamsons, the company provides pipeline equipment for onshore and offshore applications in more than 50 countries. The company's board of directors is comprised of six independent directors, and three members of the Williamson family: Dick Williamson, Steve Williamson and Barbara Kay Bucholtz.
"It is an incredible asset to have three of T.D. Williamson's grandchildren continue to serve the company through their positions on our board of directors, and Dick has done an incredible job of taking the family's vision to the next level over the past 30-plus years," McGrew said. "Steve and I will work together with the rest of the board to continue the Williamson legacy to provide best-in-class services and products for our customers around the globe."
For more information about T.D. Williamson, visit www.tdwilliamson.com.
About T.D. Williamson
Drawing upon a 96-year history of industry leadership, TDW is a global solutions provider for the owners and operators of pressurized piping systems. TDW delivers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for onshore and offshore applications, including hot tapping and plugging, pipeline cleaning, integrity inspection, pigging, and non-tethered plugging pig technology.
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