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

Our advisors, who are typically engaged by CD&R funds on a non-exclusive basis, have held senior leadership positions in major global corporations across a range of industries.

  • William J. Conaty


    Mr. Conaty spent 40 years 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 the Chair of the Board of Trustees 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 Dineen


    Mr. Dineen served for 28 years at General Electric, most recently as Senior Vice President and CEO of GE’s $18 billion Healthcare business, where he was at the forefront of shaping patient care by providing transformational medical technologies and services. He is currently Chairman of Healogics and serves on the boards of Cognizant, Merrimack Pharma, and Torque Immunotherapy. Mr. Dineen joined GE in 1986 as a telecommunications engineer and went on to hold a variety of leadership positions around the world, including, President and CEO of GE Transportation, President of GE Plastics, General Manager of GE’s Power Equipment, and GE Appliances Microwave and Air-Conditioning businesses. Mr. Dineen is an Alumni Achievement Award winner from the University of Vermont, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences and computer science.


  • Liam FitzGerald


    Mr. FitzGerald is the former CEO of UDG Healthcare, the leading international provider of clinical, commercial, communication and packaging services to the healthcare industry. During his tenure as CEO from 2000 to 2016, he expanded the business from a mainly Irish-based distribution services business into a multi-faceted and multi-national healthcare services group, operating across 20 countries. During that period, the company’s market capitalization increased by more than 500 percent and earnings grew at a compound annual rate of more than 20 percent. Mr. FitzGerald is credited with leading and seamlessly integrating more than 30 acquisitions into the parent company. Mr. FitzGerald earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the University College Dublin and his Master of Business Studies from Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Additional executive education includes Harvard Business School for competition and strategy, as well as strategic finance and acquisitions, and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management for mergers and acquisitions.


  • Lewis Hay, III


    Mr. Hay is the former Chairman, President and CEO 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. and is a former member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Mr. Hay serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association, Palm Beach County, and 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.


  • Fred Kindle


    Mr. Kindle served as a CD&R Partner from 2008 until 2015, when he transitioned to his role as an Operating Advisor. He is the former Chairman of BCA and Exova. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of ABB Ltd, the world’s leading supplier of electrical and automation equipment, systems and services. Prior to joining ABB, Mr. Kindle served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sulzer Ltd, a global industrial engineering and manufacturing company, from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Kindle also served at McKinsey & Company in New York and Zurich. He is a member of the boards of Exova, Zurich Insurance Group, VZ Holding Ltd and Stadler Rail Ltd. Mr. Kindle graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich with a master’s degree in engineering. He earned an M.B.A. at Northwestern University.


  • Philip W. Knisely


    Mr. Knisely has served for over 20 years as a senior executive in the diversified industrials category. He is the current Chairman of Atkore International, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of electrical and metal products. 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 CEO. Previously, Mr. Knisely was President and CEO of AMF Industries, a privately held diversified manufacturer, and spent ten years at Emerson Electric. He is the former Chairman of Roofing Supply Group. 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 to the CD&R funds in 2011 and is based in London. He serves as Chairman of B&M Retail and a Director of Motor Fuel Group. 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 CEO 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.


  • Helge Lund


    Mr. Lund is the former CEO of BG Group, Statoil and Aker Kværner. As CEO of BG Group, Mr. Lund oversaw the sale and integration of the company to Royal Dutch Shell PLC in February 2016 for approximately $50 billion. During his ten years at Statoil, Mr. Lund grew the business into one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, with operations in 36 countries. Prior to Statoil, Mr. Lund served as CEO of the oil service company Aker Kvaerner. Previously, he spent five years at the industrial conglomerate Hafslund Nycomed in a number of executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the pharmaceutical business. Early in his career, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Lund is a Director at the oil service group Schlumberger Limited and a Director of the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk. Mr. Lund graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics & Business Administration with a M.A. in Economics and holds a M.B.A. from INSEAD in France.


  • Hemant Luthra


    Mr. Luthra’s career has included senior leadership positions across four decades and a range of Indian and multinational corporations. He has spent 16 years at Mahindra & Mahindra, serving first as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and then as Executive Chairman of Mahindra CIE, a listed auto company. He started his career at IBM, spent 18 years as CFO & COO of Ballarpur Industries Limited, and served as the Founding CEO of Barings Private Equity Partners India before becoming CEO of Essar Telecom and engineering the merger with Hutchison Whampoa. Mr. Luthra is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.


  • W. James McNerney Jr.,

    Senior Advisor
    Mr. McNerney became a senior advisor to the CD&R funds in 2016 after holding senior leadership positions at some of the world’s most recognized global companies. He served as Chairman and CEO of The Boeing Company from 2005 to 2016 and Chairman and CEO of 3M Company from 2000 to 2005. Earlier in his career, Mr. McNerney held a range of senior executive positions at General Electric between 1982 and 2000, including: President and CEO of GE Aircraft Engines; President of GE Lighting; President of GE Asia-Pacific; and President and CEO of GE Electrical Distribution and Control. Before joining GE, Mr. McNerney worked at Procter & Gamble and McKinsey & Company. Mr. McNerney currently serves as a director of Procter & Gamble and IBM. He earned a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.


  • 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.


  • David Scheible


    Mr. Scheible is the former Chairman and CEO of Graphic Packaging International, the world’s largest manufacturer of paper-based folding cartons for the consumer food and beverage markets. Mr. Scheible served as CEO of Graphic Packaging from January 2007 to January 2016 and Chairman of the Board from May 2013 to May 2016. From 1999 to 2007, he held various senior leadership positions, including Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations. Before joining Graphic Packaging, Mr. Scheible held senior leadership positions at Avery Dennison Corporation after starting his career at B.F. Goodrich Corporation. RISI, an information provider for the global forest products industry, named Mr. Scheible the 2015 North American CEO of the Year. He was also named PaperAge magazine’s Executive Papermaker of the Year and the E&Y 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Southeast for industrials. Mr. Scheible currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Benchmark Electronics Inc. and on the boards of Flint Group, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. and Georgia Partners in Education. He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and an M.B.A. in Finance from Purdue University.


  • 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.


  • John Seral


    John Seral is the former Vice President and CIO for GE Energy, where he led a global team responsible for implementing IT/e-Business strategies and solutions, as well as global information tools to drive business and customer growth. His responsibilities encompassed ERPs, infrastructure, networks, desktops, applications and cyber-security. Mr. Seral began his career with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he was responsible for designing and implementing Criminal Justice IT solutions. He joined GE in 1982 and served in a variety of CIO roles over 30 years, including Railcar Services, Auto Financial Services, GE Lighting Systems and GE Plastics. He became an Officer of GE in 2000 and joined GE Energy in 2002 as the CIO. He also assumed the CIO roles for GE Aviation and GE Transportation for several years in order to drive infrastructure consolidation across three major businesses. Mr. Seral was the Georgia CIO Leadership Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2013, as well as the Georgia CIO of the year in 2004. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Math and Computer Science from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. in Marketing/Finance from Keller Graduate School in Chicago. He also held both a top secret cyber-security and nuclear Q clearance until 2013, and currently serves in the Softtek and Tech Mahindra Boards.


  • John F. Welch, Jr.,

    Senior Advisor
    Mr. Welch became a senior advisor to the CD&R funds in 2001. He began his career with General Electric Company in 1960, and in 1981 became the company’s eighth Chairman and CEO. During his tenure, GE’s market capitalization increased by $400 billion, making it the world’s most valuable corporation, and in 1999 was named “Manager of the Century” by Fortune magazine. He provides counsel to management teams across the portfolio and co-chairs the Portfolio Company Strategic Operating Reviews. He has authored three best-selling books, Jack: Straight from the Gut, Winning, and The Real Life MBA. 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. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute, which he and his wife Suzy founded in 2010.


  • Ronald A. Williams


    Mr. Williams served as both Chairman and CEO of Aetna Inc. from 2006 to 2010, and as Chairman from November 2010 to April 2011. He currently serves as Chairman of agilon health, as he did for CD&R’s prior investments in 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 served as a member of President Obama’s Management Advisory Board from 2011 to 2017. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Boeing Company, Johnson & Johnson, American Express Company and Envision Healthcare, as well as the Boards of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, MIT Corporation and NAF (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 our in-house professionals on sourcing and evaluating new transactions, as well as providing strategic insights related to CD&R portfolio company matters.

Our advisors, who are typically engaged by CD&R funds on a non-exclusive basis, have held senior leadership positions in major global corporations across a range of industries.

  • William J. Conaty


    Mr. Conaty spent 40 years 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 the Chair of the Board of Trustees 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 Dineen


    Mr. Dineen served for 28 years at General Electric, most recently as Senior Vice President and CEO of GE’s $18 billion Healthcare business, where he was at the forefront of shaping patient care by providing transformational medical technologies and services. He is currently Chairman of Healogics and serves on the boards of Cognizant, Merrimack Pharma, and Torque Immunotherapy. Mr. Dineen joined GE in 1986 as a telecommunications engineer and went on to hold a variety of leadership positions around the world, including, President and CEO of GE Transportation, President of GE Plastics, General Manager of GE’s Power Equipment, and GE Appliances Microwave and Air-Conditioning businesses. Mr. Dineen is an Alumni Achievement Award winner from the University of Vermont, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences and computer science.


  • Liam FitzGerald


    Mr. FitzGerald is the former CEO of UDG Healthcare, the leading international provider of clinical, commercial, communication and packaging services to the healthcare industry. During his tenure as CEO from 2000 to 2016, he expanded the business from a mainly Irish-based distribution services business into a multi-faceted and multi-national healthcare services group, operating across 20 countries. During that period, the company’s market capitalization increased by more than 500 percent and earnings grew at a compound annual rate of more than 20 percent. Mr. FitzGerald is credited with leading and seamlessly integrating more than 30 acquisitions into the parent company. Mr. FitzGerald earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the University College Dublin and his Master of Business Studies from Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Additional executive education includes Harvard Business School for competition and strategy, as well as strategic finance and acquisitions, and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management for mergers and acquisitions.


  • Lewis Hay, III


    Mr. Hay is the former Chairman, President and CEO 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. and is a former member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Mr. Hay serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association, Palm Beach County, and 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.


  • Fred Kindle


    Mr. Kindle served as a CD&R Partner from 2008 until 2015, when he transitioned to his role as an Operating Advisor. He is the former Chairman of BCA and Exova. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of ABB Ltd, the world’s leading supplier of electrical and automation equipment, systems and services. Prior to joining ABB, Mr. Kindle served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sulzer Ltd, a global industrial engineering and manufacturing company, from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Kindle also served at McKinsey & Company in New York and Zurich. He is a member of the boards of Exova, Zurich Insurance Group, VZ Holding Ltd and Stadler Rail Ltd. Mr. Kindle graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich with a master’s degree in engineering. He earned an M.B.A. at Northwestern University.


  • Philip W. Knisely


    Mr. Knisely has served for over 20 years as a senior executive in the diversified industrials category. He is the current Chairman of Atkore International, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of electrical and metal products. 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 CEO. Previously, Mr. Knisely was President and CEO of AMF Industries, a privately held diversified manufacturer, and spent ten years at Emerson Electric. He is the former Chairman of Roofing Supply Group. 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 to the CD&R funds in 2011 and is based in London. He serves as Chairman of B&M Retail and a Director of Motor Fuel Group. 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 CEO 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.


  • Helge Lund


    Mr. Lund is the former CEO of BG Group, Statoil and Aker Kværner. As CEO of BG Group, Mr. Lund oversaw the sale and integration of the company to Royal Dutch Shell PLC in February 2016 for approximately $50 billion. During his ten years at Statoil, Mr. Lund grew the business into one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, with operations in 36 countries. Prior to Statoil, Mr. Lund served as CEO of the oil service company Aker Kvaerner. Previously, he spent five years at the industrial conglomerate Hafslund Nycomed in a number of executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the pharmaceutical business. Early in his career, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Lund is a Director at the oil service group Schlumberger Limited and a Director of the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk. Mr. Lund graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics & Business Administration with a M.A. in Economics and holds a M.B.A. from INSEAD in France.


  • Hemant Luthra


    Mr. Luthra’s career has included senior leadership positions across four decades and a range of Indian and multinational corporations. He has spent 16 years at Mahindra & Mahindra, serving first as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and then as Executive Chairman of Mahindra CIE, a listed auto company. He started his career at IBM, spent 18 years as CFO & COO of Ballarpur Industries Limited, and served as the Founding CEO of Barings Private Equity Partners India before becoming CEO of Essar Telecom and engineering the merger with Hutchison Whampoa. Mr. Luthra is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.


  • W. James McNerney Jr.,

    Senior Advisor
    Mr. McNerney became a senior advisor to the CD&R funds in 2016 after holding senior leadership positions at some of the world’s most recognized global companies. He served as Chairman and CEO of The Boeing Company from 2005 to 2016 and Chairman and CEO of 3M Company from 2000 to 2005. Earlier in his career, Mr. McNerney held a range of senior executive positions at General Electric between 1982 and 2000, including: President and CEO of GE Aircraft Engines; President of GE Lighting; President of GE Asia-Pacific; and President and CEO of GE Electrical Distribution and Control. Before joining GE, Mr. McNerney worked at Procter & Gamble and McKinsey & Company. Mr. McNerney currently serves as a director of Procter & Gamble and IBM. He earned a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.


  • 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.


  • David Scheible


    Mr. Scheible is the former Chairman and CEO of Graphic Packaging International, the world’s largest manufacturer of paper-based folding cartons for the consumer food and beverage markets. Mr. Scheible served as CEO of Graphic Packaging from January 2007 to January 2016 and Chairman of the Board from May 2013 to May 2016. From 1999 to 2007, he held various senior leadership positions, including Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations. Before joining Graphic Packaging, Mr. Scheible held senior leadership positions at Avery Dennison Corporation after starting his career at B.F. Goodrich Corporation. RISI, an information provider for the global forest products industry, named Mr. Scheible the 2015 North American CEO of the Year. He was also named PaperAge magazine’s Executive Papermaker of the Year and the E&Y 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Southeast for industrials. Mr. Scheible currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Benchmark Electronics Inc. and on the boards of Flint Group, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. and Georgia Partners in Education. He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and an M.B.A. in Finance from Purdue University.


  • 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.


  • John Seral


    John Seral is the former Vice President and CIO for GE Energy, where he led a global team responsible for implementing IT/e-Business strategies and solutions, as well as global information tools to drive business and customer growth. His responsibilities encompassed ERPs, infrastructure, networks, desktops, applications and cyber-security. Mr. Seral began his career with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he was responsible for designing and implementing Criminal Justice IT solutions. He joined GE in 1982 and served in a variety of CIO roles over 30 years, including Railcar Services, Auto Financial Services, GE Lighting Systems and GE Plastics. He became an Officer of GE in 2000 and joined GE Energy in 2002 as the CIO. He also assumed the CIO roles for GE Aviation and GE Transportation for several years in order to drive infrastructure consolidation across three major businesses. Mr. Seral was the Georgia CIO Leadership Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2013, as well as the Georgia CIO of the year in 2004. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Math and Computer Science from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. in Marketing/Finance from Keller Graduate School in Chicago. He also held both a top secret cyber-security and nuclear Q clearance until 2013, and currently serves in the Softtek and Tech Mahindra Boards.


  • John F. Welch, Jr.,

    Senior Advisor
    Mr. Welch became a senior advisor to the CD&R funds in 2001. He began his career with General Electric Company in 1960, and in 1981 became the company’s eighth Chairman and CEO. During his tenure, GE’s market capitalization increased by $400 billion, making it the world’s most valuable corporation, and in 1999 was named “Manager of the Century” by Fortune magazine. He provides counsel to management teams across the portfolio and co-chairs the Portfolio Company Strategic Operating Reviews. He has authored three best-selling books, Jack: Straight from the Gut, Winning, and The Real Life MBA. 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. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute, which he and his wife Suzy founded in 2010.


  • Ronald A. Williams


    Mr. Williams served as both Chairman and CEO of Aetna Inc. from 2006 to 2010, and as Chairman from November 2010 to April 2011. He currently serves as Chairman of agilon health, as he did for CD&R’s prior investments in 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 served as a member of President Obama’s Management Advisory Board from 2011 to 2017. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Boeing Company, Johnson & Johnson, American Express Company and Envision Healthcare, as well as the Boards of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, MIT Corporation and NAF (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.