Thomas F. Karam
President and Chief Executive Officer
Thomas F. “Tom” Karam was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Equitrans Midstream Corporation in September 2018. Prior to Equitrans Midstream, he was named Senior Vice President, EQT Corporation; and President, Midstream in August 2018. He was also appointed as a Director and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the EQM General Partner and the EQGP General Partner in August 2018 and became Chairman in October 2018. Tom served on EQT’s Board of Directors from November 2017 until the separation of EQT and Equitrans Midstream in November 2018.
Tom has been a senior executive and entrepreneur in the midstream energy sector for more than 25 years. He is the founder and served as Chairman of Karbon Partners, LLC, which invests in, owns, constructs, and operates midstream energy assets, from April 2017 to August 2018. Tom previously served as the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PennTex Midstream Partners, LLC, a publicly traded master limited partnership with operations in North Louisiana and the Permian Basin from 2014 until its sale to Energy Transfer Partners in 2016. Preceding PennTex, he was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Laser Midstream Partners, LLC, one of the first independent natural gas gathering systems in the northeast Marcellus shale, from 2010 until 2012 when it was acquired by Williams Partners. Prior to Laser, Tom was the President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Southern Union Company, where he led its successful transformation from a large LDC company to one of the largest pipeline companies in the United States at the time.
Prior to Southern Union Company, Tom was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pennsylvania Enterprises and PG Energy, a natural gas utility in central and northeastern Pennsylvania until its acquisition by Southern Union Company. Tom began his professional career in investment banking with Legg Mason Inc. and Thomson McKinnon.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Diana Charletta was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Equitrans Midstream Corporation in September 2018. She has also served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of the EQM General Partner and the EQGP General Partner since October 2018. Charletta’s career has been on both sides of the natural gas industry – first as a production engineer and now as an executive for midstream operations, where the goal is to move as much gas as possible in the safest, most efficient manner.
Charletta joined EQT in 2002 as a senior pipeline engineer and since that time has held various management positions with increased responsibility. She was promoted to manager of pipeline engineering in 2005 and became director of gas systems planning in 2008. In 2010, Charletta became vice president of gas management and transportation; she assumed the role of senior vice president of midstream operations in 2013; was promoted to senior vice president of midstream engineering and construction in 2017.
In 1992, Charletta began her energy career with Chevron, working first as a roustabout and then as an engineer. Prior to joining EQT, she was a petroleum engineer for Quicksilver Resources (formerly Mercury Exploration Company).
A Pittsburgh native, Charletta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from West Virginia University; and she is a graduate of the Women’s Executive Leadership Program at Duquesne University. She has served on EQT’s ASPIRE (Area Students Participating In Rewarding Education) Committee since 2003 and also served as a board member of Three Rivers Youth.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kirk Oliver was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Equitrans Midstream Corporation in September 2018. He has also served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a Director of the EQM General Partner and the EQGP General Partner since October 2018. Oliver has a well-rounded and in-depth financial background, including more than 10 years as a public company financial officer with responsibility for accounting, audit, budgeting, investor relations, tax, treasury, and risk management. With decades of work in the energy sector, he has extensive experience in capital markets and bank financing, restructuring activities, mergers and acquisitions, financial controls and processes, productivity improvements, as well as organizational change.
Oliver began his professional career as an engineer in 1981 with Motorola, Inc.; and in 1987, he made the move to the financial sector, joining Lehman Brothers as an associate working in the Global Power & Energy Group where he managed the firm’s relationships with major power and energy companies. During his 11-year tenure with Lehman, his responsibilities included various investment banking transactions, equity and debt issuances, and mergers & acquisitions advisory; he was promoted to vice president in 1991 and to senior vice president in 1994. In 1998, Oliver joined TXU Corp as vice president, treasurer, and assistant secretary where he led the successful development and execution of a strategy to restructure the company, rationalize assets, strengthen the balance sheet, and restore investor confidence. He became senior vice president of finance in 2000 and was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2004. Oliver worked as a consultant and senior executive for Hunt Power, L.L.C. from 2006-2008; he then became senior vice president and chief financial officer for Allegheny Energy, Inc. from 2008-2011, during which time he realigned reporting segments, streamlined the investor relations disclosure reporting, and helped to implement several transactions, including the merger with FirstEnergy. Prior to joining Equitrans Midstream, he was chief financial officer for UGI Corporation where he helped the company deliver record earnings and shareholder returns.
Oliver holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University; and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago’s Booth (Graduate) School of Business.
Senior Vice President, MVP Engineering and Construction
Bob Cooper was appointed senior vice president, Mountain Valley Pipeline engineering and construction for Equitrans Midstream Corporation in September 2018. Throughout his 32-year career, Bob has been successful in technical and leadership roles at every level. Bob’s technical experience and respected leadership will benefit Equitrans Midstream as the Company continues to grow.
Cooper joined EQT in 2003 as the manager of pipeline safety compliance, establishing the corrosion control, compliance engineering, and GIS functions for the gathering business. Since that time, he has held various management positions with increasing responsibility; he was promoted to director of pipeline safety & compliance and technical training in 2006; became director of compression construction in 2008; and was given the additional responsibility of leading the engineering team for the Sunrise pipeline project in 2009. He was promoted to vice president engineering in 2010 and assumed responsibility for the midstream business unit’s engineering, pipeline safety & compliance, and SCADA functions during a period of rapid growth and expansion. In 2014, Cooper was promoted to senior vice president of midstream engineering and construction; he became senior vice president of midstream engineering, construction and land in late 2016; and assumed the role of senior vice president of Mountain Valley Pipeline engineering and construction in 2017.
Cooper began his engineering career in 1986 with General Electric, working first as an operations engineer in the Navy’s nuclear propulsion program. He also worked in operations for the Westinghouse Savannah River Company and in nuclear systems and outage engineering roles for Carolina Power and Light Company. In 1995, prior to joining EQT, he worked as a maintenance and mechanical integrity program manager for AKZO Nobel Chemicals. A West Virginia native, Cooper holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology. He has served as a board member of Literacy Pittsburgh.
Vice President and General Counsel
Robert Williams was appointed vice president and general counsel of Equitrans Midstream Corporation in September 2018. He has vast experience in the energy industry, having represented production and midstream companies, both in-house and as outside counsel, for more than 30 years.
Williams joined EQT Corporation in 2008 as deputy general counsel for business operations, supporting the midstream, production, and commercial business units – managing asset acquisitions and dispositions, litigation, risk management, FERC regulatory, procurement, land, and transactional matters. During his tenure he oversaw the integration of gathering assets acquired from Peoples Natural Gas and Rice Midstream Partners, as well as the sale of non-core gathering assets to third-parties, which collectively totaled more than $5 billion in transactions. Together with his staff, he also had responsibility for the negotiation and execution of various gathering agreements with EQT Production Company, including those pertaining to the Jupiter and Saturn systems, as well as gathering agreements with non-affiliated producers. He also has considerable experience developing FERC-regulated assets, including managing the process of obtaining certificates of public convenience and necessity for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, Equitrans Expansion Project, and Ohio Valley Connector.
Williams first began representing midstream companies in 1985 as an attorney at the Houston-based law firm of Bracewell LLP, where he was a partner. He joined Enron in 1995, where he managed litigation and international dispute resolution for Enron International, the subsidiary that built, owned, and operated pipelines and power generation projects throughout the world. He also served as Enron’s liaison to the Special Committee and to other investigating agencies following the company’s bankruptcy. Upon returning to private practice in 2002, he represented midstream and energy companies in litigation before joining EQT.
Williams holds Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Emory University, where he was an editor on the law review. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Emergency Aid Coalition.
Vice President, Strategic Planning
Carmine Fantini was appointed vice president, strategic planning for Equitrans Midstream Corporation in September 2018. Fantini has a broad-based career, with experience ranging from information technology infrastructure and systems design, to business planning and analysis.
Fantini joined EQT in 2006 as director of IT customer applications for Equitable Gas Company, the local utility that was divested in 2103. In 2008, he took on additional responsibilities to include applications for EQT Energy and the Equitrans transmission system. Fantini was promoted to senior director of IT in 2011, providing both strategic and tactical leadership as a member of the IT senior management team. In 2013, he assumed full leadership of the IT function for the midstream business unit and added responsibility for the production business unit in 2014. He was promoted to the role of senior vice president of midstream technical services in 2015, where he was responsible for measurement, SCADA, and process improvement. In this role, he also served as liaison for the shared services function and the Mountain Valley Pipeline project team, as well as business planning and analysis for the midstream business.
In 1994, Fantini began his IT career as vice president for the IT consulting firm Frontier Systems, where he led several major projects, including work with Westinghouse Electric, Atlas Energy, Enron International and General Electric Power. He joined Optiron Corporation in 2000 as chief technology officer and served as a member of their board of directors. During his tenure with Optiron, Fantini developed and supported products and services for Sempra Global, Dominion Retail, FirstEnergy, Shell Energy Services, and Equitable Gas Company.
Fantini holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. He serves as a member of the IT Committee for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.
Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations
Nate Tetlow was appointed to Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations of Equitrans Midstream Corporation in September 2018 and is a veteran leader with in-depth experience in the fields of corporate finance and investor relations.
Tetlow joined EQT in 2008 as a business specialist in the treasury department and since that time has held various management positions with increased responsibility. He was promoted to manager of corporate treasury in 2011 and became investor relations manager in 2012. Following two successful initial public offerings – EQM Midstream Partners, LP in 2012 and EQGP Holdings, LP in 2015 – Tetlow was promoted to investor relations director for EQM/EQGP. Throughout his EQT career, he was instrumental in driving 16 capital market transactions, totaling approximately $14 billion.
In 2000, Tetlow began his financial career with Federated Investors, working in both corporate finance and investor relations. Throughout his eight-year tenure at Federated, he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, including such roles as assistant business controller and fixed income security analyst.
A Pittsburgh native, Tetlow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business and a Master of Business Administration degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2004 and is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute and the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Pittsburgh.