Christopher J. Williams is Chairman, CEO and founder of The Williams Capital Group, L.P. and Williams Capital Management, LLC.
Mr. Williams began his career with Lehman Brothers in New York, where he was a Senior Vice President with responsibilities in debt capital markets, derivatives and fixed income securities trading. Upon leaving Lehman Brothers in 1992, Mr. Williams formed Williams Financial Markets, a division of Jefferies & Company, which specialized in structuring debt financings for investment grade corporate issuers. Mr. Williams has been published in two academic textbooks that outline the uses of financial derivatives in the capital markets, The Handbook of Derivatives & Synthetics and Advanced Interest Rate and Currency Swaps.
In 1994, Mr. Williams founded The Williams Capital Group and has since directed the firm's strategic effort in investment banking and its expansion into asset management. Both "Fortune" magazine and "Crain’s New York Business" selected Chris Williams as one of the most powerful minority business leaders in America.
In 2011, The Williams Capital Group served as lead or co-manager on over 150 corporate debt, agency, municipal and equity offerings with a total face amount of over $200 billion. Thompson Financial has ranked the firm amongst the top 20 most active underwriters of U.S. taxable fixed income and equity transactions for the past 10 years. As a certified minority business enterprise, The Williams Capital Group continues to rank first among its peers in the underwriting of corporate debt and equity securities.
Mr. Williams serves on the Board of Directors for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Cox Enterprises, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores. He is Chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and serves on the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Mr. Williams is also an active board member of several not-for-profit organizations. These memberships include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Partnership for New York City, Teachers College at Columbia University, and BritishAmerican Business. Mr. Williams is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the Economic Club of New York and remains a longstanding supporter of the Partnership with Children.
Christopher Williams holds a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University.