Christopher J Williams - About the Professional Growth of Mr. Williams, from a degree
in Architecture to the Board of Directors at Wal-Mart
Christopher J. Williams demonstrated from the start the talent and skill that marks
his career in finance. His story epitomizes the success possible in American when
pursued with vigor and determination Williams like to build thing and was an artistic
child so he pursued architecture while attending Howard University, earning a B.A. in
Architecture there. After two years in a declining construction market, Williams adapted
to the economic realities and entered Dartmouth to earn his M.B.A..
Upon receiving his M.B.A. Christopher Williams started working with derivatives
at Lehman Brothers in 1992. After two years, Williams joined with colleagues and left
Lehman Brothers to found Williams Capital Group. At one point, during its first year,
Mr. Williams made a decision to take money out of his personal funds to ensure that the
business did not go under. This risky determination proved smart and Williams Capital
started turning profitable just a few months later.
Mr. Williams directs the firm’s strategic efforts in investment banking and serves
as the Chairman and CEO. Mr. Williams also serves on the board of directors at
Caesar’s Entertainment, Inc., Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Wal-Mart
Stores, Inc. Mr. Williams was chosen for the board of directors at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
in 2004 and has served as the Audit Committee chairperson since and is ranked among
the brightest talents in capital management today.
In 2002, Mr. Williams was selected by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most
powerful Blacks in corporate America. In that same year, Williams Capital was ranked as
the largest minority owned investment bank in Black Enterprises June 2002 issue and
once again in the June 2004 issue.