Christopher J. Williams
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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 at Lehman Brothers in 1984 and subsequently assumed senior management responsibilities in debt capital markets, over the counter derivatives, and taxable ﬁxed income trading. After departing Lehman Brothers to form a derivatives division of Jeﬀeries & Company, he established The Williams Capital Group, L. P. in 1994. Mr. Williams has leveraged his extensive experience in the ﬁxed income, equity, and derivatives markets to direct the ﬁrm’s strategic eﬀorts in investment banking and asset management.
Since 2000, Thomson Financial has consistently ranked Williams Capital among the most active underwriters of publicly traded equity and investment grade corporate debt oﬀerings. Both Fortune magazine and Crain’s New York Business have recognized Chris Williams for his leadership in the ﬁnancial services industry.
Mr. Williams serves on the Board of Directors for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, The Clorox Company, Ameriprise Financial and, privately held, Cox Enterprises. Mr. Williams previously served for 10 years on the Board of Directors for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He is also Chairman of the Board of Overseers for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and serves on the board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Christopher J. Williams holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Chief Operating Officer
DiAnne Calabrisotto is a founding member of The Williams Capital Group, L.P. (WCG). She has previously held positions at Prudential Securities, Tucker Anthony, and Jefferies & Company. As WCG grew to one of the most active underwriters of U.S. investment-grade corporate bonds in the country, she was instrumental in developing WCG’s internal controls and creating strategic business alliances. She has been the firm’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2004 and the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) since 2000 and oversees the day-to-day activities, operations management, strategic planning process and the compliance/regulatory issues of the firm. DiAnne Calabrisotto is also a mentor under the Governor’s Committee on Scholastic Achievement Mentorship Program.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Wo is The Williams Capital Group’s Chief Financial Officer, whose responsibilities include accounting/finance, regulatory reporting and treasury functions.
Prior to joining WCG in 2004, Mr. Wo acted as Director and Business Unit Controller for Pershing, LLC in the Global Securities Services Division. His prior financial and regulatory experience includes Chief Financial Officer of BNY Clearing Services (International Division) and BHF Securities Inc., Senior Examiner for the New York Stock Exchange (Member Firm Regulations), and Internal Audit Manager of Oppenheimer and Company.
Mr. Wo holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College, City University of New York and is registered with the NASD as a Financial and Operational Principal.