BUD WATTS - PARTNER, THE CARLYLE GROUP
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor
Bud Watts is a Managing Director and Head of the Technology Buyout Group. He focuses on buyout and growth equity investments in larger companies focused on software, software enabled services, semiconductors, systems, and related distribution businesses. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2000, Mr. Watts was a Managing Director in the M&A 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 F-16 and A-10 aircraft and served in a number of leadership and operations management positions in the United States and abroad.Mr. Watts 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. He is on the Board of Directors of CPU Technology, Firth Rixson, Ltd., Freescale Semiconductor, Open Solutions and SS&C Technology, Inc.