Williams Communications Strengthens Board of Directors With Three New Appointments

Retired Nortel Executive, Nextel Co-Founder and High Profile Sports Executive

Added to Board



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Williams Communications Group, Inc.

    TULSA, Okla., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Williams Communications Group
 (NYSE:   WCG), a leading provider of broadband services for bandwidth-centric
 customers, announced today the appointments of John A. (Ian) Craig, Morgan
 O'Brien and Julius W. Erving to the company's Board of Directors.
     Craig brings to the board more than 30 years experience in
 telecommunications.  Most recently, as Nortel's executive vice president and
 chief marketing officer, Craig was responsible for overseeing the development
 and integration of Nortel Networks marketing strategy with its business
 objectives and operational priorities.  Prior to this role, Craig was
 president for wireless and carrier solutions, where he was responsible for
 wireless mobility offerings, central office switching, succession networks,
 and wireline and wireless portfolios.  Craig also serves on the boards of
 directors for CAE Inc., Antec, Inc., TrizecHahn, Inc. and BCI Inc.
     O'Brien is vice chairman of Nextel Communications, Inc.  O'Brien co-
 founded Nextel in 1987 as Fleet Call, Inc., and served as chairman of the
 board from 1987 to 1996.  He has served as vice chairman since 1996.  During
 his tenure with Nextel, O'Brien has navigated mergers with four companies and
 acquired Motorola's radio licenses, allowing Nextel the ability to offer
 cellular service in the top 50 U.S. markets.  From 1986 to 1990, O'Brien
 served as partner-in-charge of telecommunications at Jones, Day, Reavis &
 Pogue, an international law firm.
     Erving is president of The Erving Group, Inc. and senior vice president of
 the Orlando Magic professional basketball team.  Erving formerly served on the
 board of directors for LCI Communications and currently serves on the boards
 of directors for SAKS, Inc., Sports Authority Inc., Darden Restaurants, Inc.,
 and Converse, Inc.  Erving, recognized as one of the greatest basketball
 players in the history of the National Basketball Association, retired in 1987
 from the Philadelphia 76ers.
     "The leadership these appointments bring to our Board will be invaluable
 as we spin off from our parent company, Williams," said Howard Janzen,
 president and chief executive officer of Williams Communications.  "Their
 broad-based expertise in diverse business arenas makes them ideal additions to
 our board."
     In addition to Craig, O'Brien and Erving, other outside Williams
 Communications Board members include Ross K. Ireland, senior executive vice
 president for SBC Communications; Dr. Robert W. Lawless, president, University
 of Tulsa; and Brian Thompson, former chairman and CEO of Global TeleSystems
 Group, Inc.
 
     About Williams Communications Group, Inc.
     Williams Communications, through its subsidiary Williams Communications,
 LLC, is North America's only exclusively carrier-focused fiber-optic network.
 Based in Tulsa, Okla., Williams Communications has offices in Europe and Asia
 and investments in South America and Australia.  Approximately 86 percent of
 WCG stock is held by Williams (NYSE:   WMB), which, in 1985, became the first
 energy company to harness its core competency as a builder of networks to
 enable competition in the communications industry.  Additional information is
 available at www.williams.com and www.williamscommunications.com.
 
     All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  Portions of
 this document, including guidance about 2001 results, may constitute "forward-
 looking statements" as defined by federal law.  Although the company believes
 any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance
 that actual outcomes will not be materially different.  Any such statements
 are made in reliance on the "safe harbor" protections provided under the
 Private Securities Reform Act of 1995.  Additional information about issues
 that could lead to material changes in performance is contained in the
 company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
      Contact:  Anthony Hoffman
                Williams Communications (media)
                (918) 573-0159
                anthony.hoffman@williams.com
 
                Patricia Kraft
                Williams Communications (investors)
                (918) 573-0649
                patricia.kraft@williams.com
 
 

SOURCE Williams Communications Group, Inc.
    TULSA, Okla., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Williams Communications Group
 (NYSE:   WCG), a leading provider of broadband services for bandwidth-centric
 customers, announced today the appointments of John A. (Ian) Craig, Morgan
 O'Brien and Julius W. Erving to the company's Board of Directors.
     Craig brings to the board more than 30 years experience in
 telecommunications.  Most recently, as Nortel's executive vice president and
 chief marketing officer, Craig was responsible for overseeing the development
 and integration of Nortel Networks marketing strategy with its business
 objectives and operational priorities.  Prior to this role, Craig was
 president for wireless and carrier solutions, where he was responsible for
 wireless mobility offerings, central office switching, succession networks,
 and wireline and wireless portfolios.  Craig also serves on the boards of
 directors for CAE Inc., Antec, Inc., TrizecHahn, Inc. and BCI Inc.
     O'Brien is vice chairman of Nextel Communications, Inc.  O'Brien co-
 founded Nextel in 1987 as Fleet Call, Inc., and served as chairman of the
 board from 1987 to 1996.  He has served as vice chairman since 1996.  During
 his tenure with Nextel, O'Brien has navigated mergers with four companies and
 acquired Motorola's radio licenses, allowing Nextel the ability to offer
 cellular service in the top 50 U.S. markets.  From 1986 to 1990, O'Brien
 served as partner-in-charge of telecommunications at Jones, Day, Reavis &
 Pogue, an international law firm.
     Erving is president of The Erving Group, Inc. and senior vice president of
 the Orlando Magic professional basketball team.  Erving formerly served on the
 board of directors for LCI Communications and currently serves on the boards
 of directors for SAKS, Inc., Sports Authority Inc., Darden Restaurants, Inc.,
 and Converse, Inc.  Erving, recognized as one of the greatest basketball
 players in the history of the National Basketball Association, retired in 1987
 from the Philadelphia 76ers.
     "The leadership these appointments bring to our Board will be invaluable
 as we spin off from our parent company, Williams," said Howard Janzen,
 president and chief executive officer of Williams Communications.  "Their
 broad-based expertise in diverse business arenas makes them ideal additions to
 our board."
     In addition to Craig, O'Brien and Erving, other outside Williams
 Communications Board members include Ross K. Ireland, senior executive vice
 president for SBC Communications; Dr. Robert W. Lawless, president, University
 of Tulsa; and Brian Thompson, former chairman and CEO of Global TeleSystems
 Group, Inc.
 
     About Williams Communications Group, Inc.
     Williams Communications, through its subsidiary Williams Communications,
 LLC, is North America's only exclusively carrier-focused fiber-optic network.
 Based in Tulsa, Okla., Williams Communications has offices in Europe and Asia
 and investments in South America and Australia.  Approximately 86 percent of
 WCG stock is held by Williams (NYSE:   WMB), which, in 1985, became the first
 energy company to harness its core competency as a builder of networks to
 enable competition in the communications industry.  Additional information is
 available at www.williams.com and www.williamscommunications.com.
 
     All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  Portions of
 this document, including guidance about 2001 results, may constitute "forward-
 looking statements" as defined by federal law.  Although the company believes
 any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance
 that actual outcomes will not be materially different.  Any such statements
 are made in reliance on the "safe harbor" protections provided under the
 Private Securities Reform Act of 1995.  Additional information about issues
 that could lead to material changes in performance is contained in the
 company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
      Contact:  Anthony Hoffman
                Williams Communications (media)
                (918) 573-0159
                anthony.hoffman@williams.com
 
                Patricia Kraft
                Williams Communications (investors)
                (918) 573-0649
                patricia.kraft@williams.com
 
 SOURCE  Williams Communications Group, Inc.