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Nicor Gas President Melvin D. Williams Named Among Savoy Magazine’s 2018 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – March 20, 2018 – Melvin D. Williams, president of Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Illinois, has been named among the 2018 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by leading African-American business and lifestyle magazine, Savoy. The annual list was curated from more than 500 candidates in diverse fields, and represents the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America with exemplary professional accomplishments, community achievements and ability to inspire others.  

As president of Nicor Gas, Williams is responsible for ensuring that clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas reaches more than 2.2 million homes and businesses in 656 northern Illinois communities. Concurrent to his role at Nicor Gas, Williams also serves as senior vice president of Southern Company Gas, the parent company of Nicor Gas and a national leader in the energy sector. Williams has been with Southern Company Gas for more than 29 years and has a depth of knowledge in all facets of natural gas distribution. He is a champion for leadership development and diversity and inclusion-related initiatives.

Among his many contributions to the community, Williams has served on various boards including chairman of the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council, board member of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and a trustee of the Field Museum of Chicago. Williams is a recipient of the Great Friends to Kids Award and a Hall of Fame and lifetime member of the Frank Callan Boys & Girls Club of Savannah, Georgia. In 2017, Williams was name a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United. 

“It is an honor to be recognized among some of the most distinguished leaders in the country,” Williams said. “I look forward to continuing my involvement in the community and encourage all leaders to join me in the commitment to being a citizen where we serve.”

Savoy’s 2018 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America listing is available online at, and the spring issue of the magazine is available on newsstands nationwide and via 

“Savoy is proud to present the 2018 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. In this issue, we assembled an elite representation of African-American men and women who have been recognized for their executive and business leadership in national and global-leading corporations,” said L.P. Green, II, publisher of Savoy magazine. “These innovative trailblazers have led efforts to foster growth for some of the country’s highest-performing companies throughout and beyond the U.S. market.”

About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Nicor Gas serves more than 2.2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit

About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.6 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit 


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