CLAUDIUS E. “BUD” WATTS IV - SENIOR ADVISOR, THE CARLYLE GROUP
Children of Fallen Patriots Board of Advisors, Advisor
Claudius E. “Bud” Watts IV is a private technology investor and a Senior Advisor at The Carlyle Group. Mr. Watts currently serves on the Board of Directors of CommScope, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM), as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Carolina Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: CARO), and on the boards of several privately held businesses.
In addition to his business activities, Mr. Watts serves as the Chairman of the Boards of The Citadel Foundation and the The Citadel Trust, which together are responsible for fund raising and endowment management on behalf of The Citadel. He also serves on the Boards of the Roper Saint Francis Hospital Foundation and the Belle. W. Baruch Foundation.
Mr. Watts joined Carlyle in 2000 and established the firm’s Technology Buyout Group in 2004. He led the group until 2014 and led Carlyle’s investments in technology companies CommScope, SS&C Technologies, Open Link Financial, Open Solutions, Freescale Semiconductor, and Jazz Semiconductor, as well as aerospace companies Firth Rixon, Sippican, and CPU Technology.
Prior to joining Carlyle, 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 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.