Claudius (Bud) E. Watts IV
Mr. Watts joined our Board of Directors in 2011 and serves as our Chairman. He previously served as our Lead Independent Director from 2017 to 2020 and a member of our Compensation Committee from 2011 to 2020 and our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee from 2013 to 2020. He is a private investor and founder of Meeting Street Capital, which invests in early stage software and tech enabled services businesses. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Carlyle Group, where he was a partner until 2017. Mr. Watts established Carlyle’s Technology Buyout business in 2004 and led it until 2014. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2000, Mr. Watts was a Managing Director in the M&A group of First Union Securities, Inc. which he joined when it acquired Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co., where he was a principal. Prior to beginning his business career, Mr. Watts served eight years as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. Mr. Watts previously served on the board of directors of Carolina Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: CARO) and on the boards of directors of numerous public and private companies over the past 20 years.
Other Board of Directors
1 Section 16 Officers.
2 Executive Sustainability Council members.