Melvin Williams is president of Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distributor in Illinois. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that natural gas – a clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy source – reaches more than 2.2 million homes and businesses in 656 northern Illinois communities. Williams also serves as senior vice president of Southern Company Gas, a national leader in the energy sector and parent company of Nicor Gas.
In his more than 29 years with Southern Company Gas, Williams has increased his depth of knowledge in all facets of natural gas utility distribution through roles within numerous areas of the company, including sales and new business development, regulatory affairs, utility operations and financial planning and analysis. Prior to his current position, Williams served as senior vice president of planning and business services operations. He also served as vice president and general manager of Atlanta Gas Light and Florida City Gas.
As a champion for leadership and diversity and inclusion, Williams serves on the Southern Company Gas LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Acceptance and Diversity) Council. He also is the founding chairman of the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council and a member of the Chicago chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy.
Williams actively supports numerous community and youth organizations and is passionate about charitable causes. His dedication and engagement include serving on the board of directors for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago; serving on the board of trustees for The Field Museum of Chicago; and serving as a lifetime member and Hall of Fame inductee of the Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club of Savannah.
Williams also is the recipient of many awards and honors, including being named among Chicago United’s 2017 Business Leaders of Color and Savoy Magazine’s 2018 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.
Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Savannah State University.