Claudius (Bud) E. Watts IV

Washington, DC
Technology & Business Services
Business Segment
Corporate Private Equity
Asset Class

Claudius E. Watts IV (“Bud”)  is a Managing Director and focuses on equity investments in larger companies focused on software, software enabled services, semiconductors, systems, and related distribution businesses.  Mr. Watts established the firm’s Technology Buyout Group in 2004 and led it until 2014.

Mr. Watts led Carlyle’s investments in and currently sits on the Board of Directors of CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM).  Previously, Mr. Watts led Carlyle’s investments in technology companies SS&C Technologies (NASDAQ: SSNC), Open Link Financial, Open Solutions, Jazz Semiconductor, and Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL), as well as aerospace companies Firth Rixon, Sippican, and CPU Technology.

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 and advised Carlyle on several transactions.  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.