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Mr. Watts joined our Board of Directors in 2011, became our Lead Independent Director in November 2017 and is a member of our Compensation Committee and our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He is a private investor and 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 also serves as Chairman of the Board of Carolina Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: CARO) and has previously served on the boards of directors of numerous other public and private companies over the past 20 years.
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