Members of CD&R’s advisor group work actively with the Firm on sourcing and evaluating new transactions, as well as providing strategic insights related to CD&R portfolio company matters.

Similar to CD&R’s full-time operating partners, our advisors have held senior leadership positions in major global corporations across a range of industries.

  • William J. Conaty


    Mr. Conaty spent his entire 40 year career with the General Electric Company, where he served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Human Resources from 1993 until 2007. In this capacity, he was responsible for all human resources activities for GE’s 330,000 employees worldwide. He is the co-author of The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers, which was published in 2010. He serves as a Trustee at Bryant University and is on the Advisory Board of Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies. He chaired the National Academy of Human Resources and the Human Resource Policy Association from 2001 to 2007.


  • John C. Compton


    Mr. Compton is a 29-year veteran and former President of PepsiCo, Inc., the world’s 2nd largest food and beverage company with over 250,000 employees in 220 countries. Mr. Compton’s career at PepsiCo started at Frito-Lay in 1983. In 2002, after serving in positions of increasing responsibility in a variety of operational and sales capacities, he was appointed Vice Chairman and President of Frito-Lay North America. Mr. Compton went on to serve as CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods, which included Frito-Lay North America, Quaker Oats brands, and all of PepsiCo’s Latin American food and snack businesses. He became President of PepsiCo in 2011. Mr. Compton is also the former Chief Executive Officer of Pilot Flying J Corporation. He currently serves on the board of First Horizon National Corporation and was previously on the board of Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. In 2009, he was named a ”CEO of Tomorrow“ by BusinessWeek. Mr. Compton received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Tennessee.


  • Lewis Hay, III


    Mr. Hay is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of NextEra Energy, Inc., one of the nation’s leading electricity-related services companies and the largest renewable energy generator in North America. During his tenure, NextEra more than doubled its operating income, more than tripled its market capitalization, and consistently outperformed the S&P 500 and S&P Utilities Index. Mr. Hay is a past chairman of both the Edison Electric Institute, the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. Mr. Hay serves on the board of directors of Capital One Financial Corporation, Harris Corporation, and WellPoint, Inc. He is a member of the Business Board of Advisors at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and a member of Carnegie Mellon's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Advisory Council. He is a former member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Mr. Hay is Board Chairman of the American Heart Association, Palm Beach County, and serves on the board of directors of the Children’s Healthcare Charity which, among other things, sponsors the Honda Classic on the PGA tour. Mr. Hay received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.


  • Philip W. Knisely


    Mr. Knisely has served for over 20 years as a senior executive in the diversified industrials category. He is currently Chairman of Atkore International, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of electrical and metal products, and Roofing Supply Group. Mr. Knisely spent a decade as Executive Vice President and Corporate Officer of Danaher Corporation, where he was responsible for businesses totaling more than $4 billion in sales. Prior to Danaher, Mr. Knisely co-founded Colfax Corporation, a designer, manufacturer, and distributer of fluid handling products, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Knisely was President and Chief Executive Officer of AMF Industries, a privately held diversified manufacturer, and spent ten years at Emerson Electric. He serves on the board of trustees of the Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia, where he received his M.B.A. Mr. Knisely was also a GM Fellowship Scholar at General Motors Institute, where he earned a B.S. in industrial engineering.


  • Terence P. Leahy,

    Senior Advisor
    Mr. Leahy became a senior advisor in 2011 and is based in London. He serves as Chairman of B&M Retail. In his 32-year career at Tesco plc, Mr. Leahy helped to transform the company into the third-largest retailer in the world, serving in a number of senior positions, including Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 2011. During his CEO tenure, Tesco quadrupled both sales and profits and expanded into new products, store formats, lines of business and geographies. Mr. Leahy was chancellor of UMIST, his alma mater, from 2002 until 2004, when he became a co-chancellor of the newly-formed University of Manchester. He was honored with a Doctor of Science from Cranfield University in June 2007.


  • Richard L. Olver


    Mr. Olver was appointed Chairman of BAE Systems, the global defense and aerospace company, in 2004. Previously, he had a 30 year career at BP culminating in his appointment as Deputy Group Chief Executive in 2003. He was a non-executive director of Reuters and Thomson Reuters from 1997-2008. Mr. Olver is an advisor to HSBC, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, a UK Business Ambassador, a member of the Trilateral Commission and a member of the GLF Global Leadership Foundation. Mr. Olver is a chartered engineer with a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering and is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers. He holds honorary doctorates in science from both City University, London and Cranfield University, Bedfordshire. He was awarded the prestigious Non-Executive Director (NED) of the Year Award at the 6th annual NED Awards sponsored by The Sunday Times in March 2012.


  • Sir Nigel Rudd, DL


    Sir Nigel is Chairman of Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (formerly BAA Limited) and Invensys plc. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Sappi Limited. He was appointed Chairman of the UK & Ireland Private Bank, Barclays Wealth in December 2009. In February 2011 he became Chairman of a new £2.5 billion Business Growth Fund set up to invest in and partner hundreds of UK companies that need long term capital to achieve growth. He became Chancellor of Loughborough University in July 2010.


  • Manfred Schneider


    In a career that has spanned over 45 years at Bayer, Dr. Schneider held a number of positions including Chairman of the Board of Management and Chairman of the Supervisory Board. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of Linde AG, the industrial engineering company, and RWE AG, the utility company. Dr. Schneider joined Bayer AG in 1966. After working in the Organization, Auditing and Cost Accounting departments, in 1971 he was appointed head of the Finance and Accounting Department of Bayer AG subsidiary Duisburger Kupferhütte. In 1984 he became head of Regional Coordination, Corporate Auditing and Controlling within the Corporate Staff Division in Leverkusen. Dr. Schneider joined the Board of Management in 1987 and began ten-year as Chairman of the Board of Management in 1992, when he also became Chairman of the Board Committee for Corporate Coordination. In 2002 he became Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG, holding this office until 2012. Dr. Schneider studied business management at the universities of Freiburg, Hamburg and Cologne. After earning his degree in business studies, he became Assistant to the Professor of Business Management at Aachen Technical University, where he obtained his doctorate. He served as President of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) from 1999 until 2001.


  • William S. Stavropoulos


    Mr. Stavropoulos, former CEO and chairman, is chairman emeritus of the Board of Directors of The Dow Chemical Company. His career with Dow spanned 39 years, serving in a variety of positions in research, marketing, and general management. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1993-1995; President and Chief Executive Officer from 1995-2000; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2002-2004; and Chairman from 2000-2006. Mr. Stavropoulos was a member of the Board of Directors of Dow from July 1990 to March 2006. He is president and founder of the Michigan Baseball Foundation, the Great Lakes Loons. Mr. Stavropoulos is Lead Director at Univar. He is a director of Teradata Corporation, Maersk Inc., and Tyco International, Inc, and is on the Advisory Board for Metalmark Capital LLC. He is a trustee of the Fidelity Equity and High Income Funds’ Board. Mr. Stavropoulos holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University and a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Washington.


  • John F. Welch, Jr.,

    Senior Advisor
    Mr. Welch became a senior advisor in 2001. He began his career with General Electric Company in 1960, and in 1981 became the company’s eighth Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure, GE’s market capitalization increased by $400 billion, making it the world’s most valuable corporation. He provides counsel to management teams across the portfolio and co-chairs the portfolio company Operating Reviews. He has authored two best-selling books, Jack: Straight from the Gut and Winning. Mr. Welch holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois.


  • Ronald A. Williams


    Mr. Williams served as both Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna Inc. from 2006 to 2010, and as Chairman from November 2010 to April 2011. He currently serves as Chairman of Envision Healthcare and PharMEDium. Prior to joining Aetna, Mr. Williams was Group President of the Large Group Division at WellPoint Health Networks Inc. and President of the company’s Blue Cross of California subsidiary. Mr. Williams joined Blue Cross of California in 1987 and accepted a series of increasingly prominent roles. Previously, Mr. Williams was co-founder and Senior Vice President at Vista Health Corp., group marketing executive at Control Data Corp., and President and co-founder of Integrative Systems. Mr. Williams is a member of President Obama’s Management Advisory Board, assembled to help bring the best of business practices to the management and operation of the federal government. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Boeing Company, Johnson & Johnson and American Express Company, as well as the Boards of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Save the Children and National Academy Foundation. Mr. Williams is a graduate of Roosevelt University and holds an M.S. in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Members of CD&R’s advisor group work actively with the Firm on sourcing and evaluating new transactions, as well as providing strategic insights related to CD&R portfolio company matters.

Similar to CD&R’s full-time operating partners, our advisors have held senior leadership positions in major global corporations across a range of industries.

  • William J. Conaty


    Mr. Conaty spent his entire 40 year career with the General Electric Company, where he served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Human Resources from 1993 until 2007. In this capacity, he was responsible for all human resources activities for GE’s 330,000 employees worldwide. He is the co-author of The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers, which was published in 2010. He serves as a Trustee at Bryant University and is on the Advisory Board of Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies. He chaired the National Academy of Human Resources and the Human Resource Policy Association from 2001 to 2007.


  • John C. Compton


    Mr. Compton is a 29-year veteran and former President of PepsiCo, Inc., the world’s 2nd largest food and beverage company with over 250,000 employees in 220 countries. Mr. Compton’s career at PepsiCo started at Frito-Lay in 1983. In 2002, after serving in positions of increasing responsibility in a variety of operational and sales capacities, he was appointed Vice Chairman and President of Frito-Lay North America. Mr. Compton went on to serve as CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods, which included Frito-Lay North America, Quaker Oats brands, and all of PepsiCo’s Latin American food and snack businesses. He became President of PepsiCo in 2011. Mr. Compton is also the former Chief Executive Officer of Pilot Flying J Corporation. He currently serves on the board of First Horizon National Corporation and was previously on the board of Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. In 2009, he was named a ”CEO of Tomorrow“ by BusinessWeek. Mr. Compton received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Tennessee.


  • Lewis Hay, III


    Mr. Hay is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of NextEra Energy, Inc., one of the nation’s leading electricity-related services companies and the largest renewable energy generator in North America. During his tenure, NextEra more than doubled its operating income, more than tripled its market capitalization, and consistently outperformed the S&P 500 and S&P Utilities Index. Mr. Hay is a past chairman of both the Edison Electric Institute, the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. Mr. Hay serves on the board of directors of Capital One Financial Corporation, Harris Corporation, and WellPoint, Inc. He is a member of the Business Board of Advisors at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and a member of Carnegie Mellon's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Advisory Council. He is a former member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Mr. Hay is Board Chairman of the American Heart Association, Palm Beach County, and serves on the board of directors of the Children’s Healthcare Charity which, among other things, sponsors the Honda Classic on the PGA tour. Mr. Hay received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.


  • Philip W. Knisely


    Mr. Knisely has served for over 20 years as a senior executive in the diversified industrials category. He is currently Chairman of Atkore International, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of electrical and metal products, and Roofing Supply Group. Mr. Knisely spent a decade as Executive Vice President and Corporate Officer of Danaher Corporation, where he was responsible for businesses totaling more than $4 billion in sales. Prior to Danaher, Mr. Knisely co-founded Colfax Corporation, a designer, manufacturer, and distributer of fluid handling products, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Knisely was President and Chief Executive Officer of AMF Industries, a privately held diversified manufacturer, and spent ten years at Emerson Electric. He serves on the board of trustees of the Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia, where he received his M.B.A. Mr. Knisely was also a GM Fellowship Scholar at General Motors Institute, where he earned a B.S. in industrial engineering.


  • Terence P. Leahy,

    Senior Advisor
    Mr. Leahy became a senior advisor in 2011 and is based in London. He serves as Chairman of B&M Retail. In his 32-year career at Tesco plc, Mr. Leahy helped to transform the company into the third-largest retailer in the world, serving in a number of senior positions, including Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 2011. During his CEO tenure, Tesco quadrupled both sales and profits and expanded into new products, store formats, lines of business and geographies. Mr. Leahy was chancellor of UMIST, his alma mater, from 2002 until 2004, when he became a co-chancellor of the newly-formed University of Manchester. He was honored with a Doctor of Science from Cranfield University in June 2007.


  • Richard L. Olver


    Mr. Olver was appointed Chairman of BAE Systems, the global defense and aerospace company, in 2004. Previously, he had a 30 year career at BP culminating in his appointment as Deputy Group Chief Executive in 2003. He was a non-executive director of Reuters and Thomson Reuters from 1997-2008. Mr. Olver is an advisor to HSBC, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, a UK Business Ambassador, a member of the Trilateral Commission and a member of the GLF Global Leadership Foundation. Mr. Olver is a chartered engineer with a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering and is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers. He holds honorary doctorates in science from both City University, London and Cranfield University, Bedfordshire. He was awarded the prestigious Non-Executive Director (NED) of the Year Award at the 6th annual NED Awards sponsored by The Sunday Times in March 2012.


  • Sir Nigel Rudd, DL


    Sir Nigel is Chairman of Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (formerly BAA Limited) and Invensys plc. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Sappi Limited. He was appointed Chairman of the UK & Ireland Private Bank, Barclays Wealth in December 2009. In February 2011 he became Chairman of a new £2.5 billion Business Growth Fund set up to invest in and partner hundreds of UK companies that need long term capital to achieve growth. He became Chancellor of Loughborough University in July 2010.


  • Manfred Schneider


    In a career that has spanned over 45 years at Bayer, Dr. Schneider held a number of positions including Chairman of the Board of Management and Chairman of the Supervisory Board. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of Linde AG, the industrial engineering company, and RWE AG, the utility company. Dr. Schneider joined Bayer AG in 1966. After working in the Organization, Auditing and Cost Accounting departments, in 1971 he was appointed head of the Finance and Accounting Department of Bayer AG subsidiary Duisburger Kupferhütte. In 1984 he became head of Regional Coordination, Corporate Auditing and Controlling within the Corporate Staff Division in Leverkusen. Dr. Schneider joined the Board of Management in 1987 and began ten-year as Chairman of the Board of Management in 1992, when he also became Chairman of the Board Committee for Corporate Coordination. In 2002 he became Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG, holding this office until 2012. Dr. Schneider studied business management at the universities of Freiburg, Hamburg and Cologne. After earning his degree in business studies, he became Assistant to the Professor of Business Management at Aachen Technical University, where he obtained his doctorate. He served as President of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) from 1999 until 2001.


  • William S. Stavropoulos


    Mr. Stavropoulos, former CEO and chairman, is chairman emeritus of the Board of Directors of The Dow Chemical Company. His career with Dow spanned 39 years, serving in a variety of positions in research, marketing, and general management. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1993-1995; President and Chief Executive Officer from 1995-2000; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2002-2004; and Chairman from 2000-2006. Mr. Stavropoulos was a member of the Board of Directors of Dow from July 1990 to March 2006. He is president and founder of the Michigan Baseball Foundation, the Great Lakes Loons. Mr. Stavropoulos is Lead Director at Univar. He is a director of Teradata Corporation, Maersk Inc., and Tyco International, Inc, and is on the Advisory Board for Metalmark Capital LLC. He is a trustee of the Fidelity Equity and High Income Funds’ Board. Mr. Stavropoulos holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University and a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Washington.


  • John F. Welch, Jr.,

    Senior Advisor
    Mr. Welch became a senior advisor in 2001. He began his career with General Electric Company in 1960, and in 1981 became the company’s eighth Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure, GE’s market capitalization increased by $400 billion, making it the world’s most valuable corporation. He provides counsel to management teams across the portfolio and co-chairs the portfolio company Operating Reviews. He has authored two best-selling books, Jack: Straight from the Gut and Winning. Mr. Welch holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois.


  • Ronald A. Williams


    Mr. Williams served as both Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna Inc. from 2006 to 2010, and as Chairman from November 2010 to April 2011. He currently serves as Chairman of Envision Healthcare and PharMEDium. Prior to joining Aetna, Mr. Williams was Group President of the Large Group Division at WellPoint Health Networks Inc. and President of the company’s Blue Cross of California subsidiary. Mr. Williams joined Blue Cross of California in 1987 and accepted a series of increasingly prominent roles. Previously, Mr. Williams was co-founder and Senior Vice President at Vista Health Corp., group marketing executive at Control Data Corp., and President and co-founder of Integrative Systems. Mr. Williams is a member of President Obama’s Management Advisory Board, assembled to help bring the best of business practices to the management and operation of the federal government. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Boeing Company, Johnson & Johnson and American Express Company, as well as the Boards of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Save the Children and National Academy Foundation. Mr. Williams is a graduate of Roosevelt University and holds an M.S. in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.