Independent Chairman of the Board
Lieutenant General Claudius E. Watts is an Independent Chairman of the Board at the company., He has served as a member of the Companys Board of Directors since 2015. Mr. Watts. is a Partner and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group where he specializes in control equity investments in larger companies focused on software, software enabled services, semiconductors, and electronic systems. Mr. Watts established the firms Technology Buyout Group in 2004 and led it until 2014. Mr. Watts led Carlyles investments in and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of CommScope, where he has served as Director since 2011, and Freescale Semiconductor, where he was a Director since 2006. Previously, Mr. Watts led Carlyles investments in and served on the Boards of Directors of technology companies SSC Technologies, Open Link Financial, Open Solutions, and Jazz Semiconductor, as well as aerospace companies Firth Rixon, Sippican, and CPU Technology. In addition to his current business activities, Mr. Watts also serves as the Chairman of the Board of The Citadel Foundation and The Citadel Trust, which manage the primary endowment funds supporting The Citadel. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2000, Mr. Watts was a Managing Director in the Mergers Acquisitions group of First Union Securities, Inc. He joined First Union Securities when First Union acquired Bowles Hollowell Conner Co., where Mr. Watts was a principal. Prior to joining Bowles Hollowell, Mr. Watts was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. During his service, he was qualified as an instructor pilot in both the F16 and A10 aircraft and served in a number of leadership and operations management positions in the United States and abroad
Age: 54 MBAWatts earned a B.S. in electrical engineering cum laude from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.