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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
|Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):||February 24, 2011|
The Williams Companies, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
|of incorporation)||File Number)||Identification No.)|
|One Williams Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma||74172|
(Address of principal executive offices)
|Registrants telephone number, including area code:||918-573-2000|
Former name or former address, if changed since last report
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Annual Incentive Program 2011
On February 24, 2011, using market data for individuals in comparable positions and markets, the Compensation Committee established the individual target incentive opportunity under the annual incentive program for each of our executive officers, expressed as a percentage of base salary. Each named executive officer’s target is 65%; except that the target for Mr. Donald R. Chappel, Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer is 75%, and the target for Mr. Alan S. Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer is 100%. Executive 2011 annual incentive targets remain unchanged from 2010 levels. Funding under the 2011 annual incentive program will be based on Williams’ 2011 EVA® performance. EVA® was also the metric for the 2010 annual incentive program. The annual incentive program funds an incentive payment up to a maximum of 250% of the target opportunity.
Equity Awards 2011
On February 24, 2011, the Compensation Committee approved the 2011 equity award grants of stock options and time-based and performance-based restricted stock units for Mr. Alan S. Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer. The equity mix for the Chief Executive Officer will be 25% in stock options, 25% in time-based restricted stock units and 50% in performance-based restricted stock units. The Compensation Committee also approved grants of stock options, performance-based restricted stock units, as well as time-based restricted stock units for the other named executive officers. The mix of equity compensation for named executive officers, other than the Chief Executive Officer will be 30% in stock options, 35% in time-based restricted stock units, and 35% in performance-based restricted stock units.
The terms of the stock options and time-based restricted stock units are materially consistent with the same type of awards granted in prior years. The terms of the performance-based restricted stock units provide recipients with the opportunity to earn between 0% and 200% of the units depending on the degree of achievement of both absolute and relative measurements of Total Shareholder Return at the end of a three-year period, subject to certain restrictions on transfer and the possibility of forfeiture as well as certification by the Compensation Committee.
The Company’s 2007 Incentive Plan, as amended and restated, is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission as Exhibit B to the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement, Definitive 14A Filed on April 8, 2010.
Note: EVA® is a registered trademark of Stern, Stewart and Company.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|The Williams Companies, Inc.|
|March 1, 2011||By:||
/s/ La Fleur C. Browne
|Name: La Fleur C. Browne|
|Title: Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary|