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.
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.
The Williams Capital Group served as lead or co-manager on debt, agency, municipal and equity offerings. 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 and Cox Enterprises, Inc. 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, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Teachers College at Columbia. He is also an active board member of Partnership for New York City and BritishAmerican Business. Mr. Williams serves as a member of The Executive Leadership Council and also previously served as a Director for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. for 10 years.
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.