Thomas F. Karam
Thomas F. “Tom” Karam was appointed as a director and as president and chief executive officer of the general partners of EQM Midstream Partners, LP (EQM) and EQGP Holdings, LP (EQGP) in August 2018 and assumed the role of chairman of each of the boards in October 2018. In February 2019, EQGP became a wholly-owned subsidiary of EQM. In September 2018, he was appointed president and chief executive officer of Equitrans Midstream Corporation (Equitrans Midstream), the current parent company of EQM, and appointed to the board of Equitrans Midstream in November 2018. He served as senior vice president, EQT Corporation (EQT), the former parent company of EQM, and president, midstream, from August 2018 until the separation of EQT and Equitrans Midstream in November 2018. Mr. Karam also 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.
Michael A. Bryson
Mr. Bryson was appointed as a director of the general partner of EQM Midstream Partners, LP in May 2012. He also serves as the Chair of its Audit Committee, a member of its Conflicts Committee and the presiding director of its board. Mr. Bryson retired in June 2008 as Executive Vice President of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, a financial services firm. He obtained such position in July 2007 following the merger of Mellon Financial Corporation and The Bank of New York. Prior to the merger, Mr. Bryson served in various senior management positions over a 33-year career with Mellon Financial Corporation, including his service as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from December 2001 to June 2007.
Mr. Bryson brings to the board over three decades of management and financial experience, having served as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of a large publicly traded financial institution. In these roles, Mr. Bryson obtained a wealth of experience related to financial statement preparation, auditing and accounting matters, financial markets, financing transactions and investor relations.
Kenneth M. Burke
Mr. Burke was appointed as a director of the general partners of each of EQM Midstream Partners, LP (EQM) and EQGP Holdings, LP (EQGP) in September 2018. Mr. Burke served as a director and as the Chair of the Audit Committee of EQGP’s general partner through Equitrans Midstream’s acquisition of 100% of the limited partner interests in EQGP in January 2019 and currently serves as a member of the Audit Committee of EQM’s general partner. In October 2018, Mr. Burke was appointed to the board of Equitrans Midstream Corporation (Equitrans Midstream), the current parent company of EQM and EQGP. Mr. Burke served as a director of EQT Corporation (EQT), the former parent company of EQM and EQGP, from January 2012 until the separation of EQT and Equitrans Midstream in November 2018. He has served as a director of Nexeo Solutions, Inc. (chemical and plastics distribution) (Nexeo) since November 2011 and currently serves as the Chair of Nexeo’s Audit Committee.
Mr. Burke brings over three decades of experience focused on the energy industry, primarily oil and gas. Mr. Burke spent most of his career serving as a partner with Ernst & Young LLP (Big Four accounting firm) (EY), retiring from that position in June 2004. At EY, among other leadership positions, he served as National Energy Industry Director and Partner-in-Charge of the Houston Energy Services Group. He also co-authored the book “Oil and Gas Limited Partnerships: Accounting, Reporting and Taxation.” During his years at EY, Mr. Burke served as audit partner for numerous companies in the oil and gas industry.
Mr. Burke also has substantial experience as a director of both public and private companies where he has served on and chaired a number of committees. In addition to his service on the EQT board of directors, from March 2005 through August 2011, Mr. Burke was a member of the board of directors of Trico Marine Services, Inc. (provider of subsea trenching and marine support vessels and services), serving as the Chairman of its Audit Committee and as a member of its Nominating and Governance Committee. From December 2006 through May 2011, Mr. Burke also served as a director of Pride International, Inc. (offshore drilling contractor) (now part of Ensco plc), where he was the Chairman of its Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of its Audit and Compensation Committees.
Diana M. Charletta
Diana Charletta was appointed as executive vice president, chief operating officer and a director of the general partners of EQM Midstream Partners, LP (EQM) and EQGP Holdings, LP (EQGP) in October 2018. In February 2019, EQGP became a wholly-owned subsidiary of EQM. Charletta was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Equitrans Midstream Corporation (Equitrans Midstream), the current parent company of EQM, in September 2018. Her 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 Corporation (EQT), the former parent company of Equitrans Midstream, EQM, in 2002 as a senior pipeline engineer and from that time held various management positions with increased responsibility until the separation of EQT and Equitrans Midstream in November 2018. 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; and she 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.
Robert J. Cooper
Bob Cooper was appointed as a director of the general partner of EQM Midstream Partners, LP (EQM) in January 2019 and has served as senior vice president, Mountain Valley Pipeline engineering and construction for Equitrans Midstream Corporation (Equitrans Midstream), the current parent company of the general partner of EQM, since 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 EQM and Equitrans Midstream as they continue to grow.
Cooper joined EQT Corporation (EQT), the former parent company of EQM and Equitrans Midstream, in 2003 as the manager of pipeline safety compliance, establishing the corrosion control, compliance engineering, and GIS functions for the gathering business. From that time through the separation of Equitrans Midstream from EQT in November 2018, he 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 for a subsidiary of EQT 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.
Kirk R. Oliver
Kirk Oliver was appointed as senior vice president, chief financial officer and a director of the general partners of EQM Midstream Partners, LP (EQM) and EQGP Holdings, LP (EQGP) in October 2018. In February 2019, EQGP became a wholly-owned subsidiary of EQM. Oliver was appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer for Equitrans Midstream Corporation (Equitrans Midstream), the current parent company of EQM, in September 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.
Lara E. Washington
Ms. Washington was appointed as a director of the general partner of EQM Midstream Partners, LP (EQM) in February 2013. She also serves as the Chair of its Conflicts Committee and a member of its Audit Committee. Ms. Washington is currently President of the Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation (AHRCO), a privately held residential property management company serving Western Pennsylvania. She obtained such position in May 2008 and joined AHRCO in 2001 as Vice President of Development. Prior to joining AHRCO, Ms. Washington was a senior consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.
Ms. Washington’s service as President of a private company provides significant senior management, leadership and financial experience. She utilizes her broad business experience to provide valuable insights with respect to general business and management issues facing EQM.