Thomas F. Karam
President and Chief Executive Officer
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 September 2018 he was appointed president and chief executive officer of Equitrans Midstream Corporation (Equitrans Midstream), the current parent company of EQM and EQGP, 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 EQGP, 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.
Diana M. Charletta
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
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. Charletta was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Equitrans Midstream Corporation (Equitrans Midstream), the current parent company of EQM and EQGP, 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 and EQGP, 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.
Kirk R. Oliver
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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. Oliver was appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer for Equitrans Midstream Corporation (Equitrans Midstream), the current parent company of EQM and EQGP, 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.
Phillip D. Swisher
Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
Phillip Swisher was appointed as vice president and chief accounting officer 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. He also serves as vice president and chief accounting officer of Equitrans Midstream Corporation (Equitrans Midstream) since the separation of EQT Corporation (EQT)and Equitrans Midstream in November 2018. Swisher joined EQT in 2002 and was appointed as Controller, Shared Services in September 2011, overseeing the shared services accounting function at EQT and its subsidiaries until the time of separation of EQT and Equitrans Mistream in November 2018. He previously held positions at EQT in Risk and midstream accounting. Swisher began his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen LLP.
Swisher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Miami University and is a certified public accountant.