Advisors

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.
Jean-Michel AubertinOperating Advisor

Jean-Michel Aubertin

Operating Advisor

Europe
Industrials

Mr. Aubertin has held senior leadership positions at a range of European-based industrial and services businesses. From 2014-2017, Mr. Aubertin served as CEO of CG Power, the electrical equipment and systems group. Prior to this, he was CEO of Doosan Power Systems, the power engineering firm, from 2010 to 2013. Between 2003 and 2009, Mr. Aubertin was a senior executive of Alstom, provider of integrated transport systems, equipment, and services, first as Senior Vice President of Alstom Power, Global Sales and Marketing, and later as Managing Director of Alstom Energy and Environment Systems Group, a boiler, power, and environment control systems business with €3 billion in sales and 10,000 employees in Asia, the U.S., and Europe. Prior to Alstom, Mr. Aubertin served as President of the Telecommunication Satellites Division of EADS Astrium, having previously occupied several leadership positions at Matra Marconi Space.

Education:

CPA Toulouse (M.B.A.), ISAE Supaero School of Aerospace Engineering

Micaela N. BulichOperating Advisor

Micaela N. Bulich

Operating Advisor

New York
Industrials

Ms. Bulich has more than 30 years’ experience as a strategy and execution leader of supply chain organizations in large, complex, global businesses. Most recently, Ms. Bulich served as VP Global Supply Chain for GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business, where her responsibilities included supply chain strategy, sourcing and global procurement, planning, manufacturing, logistics, and environmental health and safety. Her other roles at GE included VP Sourcing for GE Energy; Senior Executive, Quality, and Regulatory Compliance for GE Energy; and Senior Executive, Global Supply Chain for GE Plastics. Prior to GE, she spent ten years at DuPont in supply chain and engineering roles.

Education:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S., electrical engineering), University of Hartford (B.S., electrical engineering)

William J. ConatyOperating Advisor

William J. Conaty

Operating Advisor

New York
Industrials

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.

Raymond L. ConnerOperating Advisor

Raymond L. Conner

Operating Advisor

New York
Industrials

Mr. Conner began his 40-year career at Boeing as a 727 mechanic and rose to become vice chairman, where most recently he led the implementation of “One Boeing,” a strategic initiative that created a single integrated services business and commercial airplanes product developer. Mr. Conner served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the company’s largest division. Prior to that, he led Sales, Marketing, and Commercial Services and served as Vice President and General Manager of Supply Chain Management and Operations within the Commercial Airplanes division, as well as Vice President and General Manager of many of Boeing’s key aircraft programs and Vice President of Boeing’s Propulsion Systems Division.

Education:

University of Puget Sound (M.B.A.), Central Washington University

Bruno DeschampsOperating Advisor

Bruno Deschamps

Operating Advisor

Europe
Services, Industrials

Mr. Deschamps is chairman of the board of Diversey, a global leader of hygiene & sanitation products, services, and solutions to the institutional and industrial markets. Previously, he served as chairman of the advisory board of Kloeckner Pentaplast, one of the world’s largest suppliers of films for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food, electronics, and general packaging. He served as a CD&R Operating Partner from 2002 to 2007 and was Group Managing Partner of 3i plc (London) from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Deschamps served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Ecolab, a Fortune 500 company with more than $14 billion in revenue. He lived for 10 years in Germany, where he was CEO of Henkel Industrial Adhesives worldwide and President & CEO of Teroson Gmbh before becoming the President and CEO of Henkel Ecolab. Mr. Deschamps is a Knight of the Legion d’honneur, France.

Education:

ISG Paris (M.B.A., marketing, finance)

John DineenOperating Advisor

John Dineen

Operating Advisor

New York
Healthcare

Mr. Dineen served for 28 years at General Electric Company, 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 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, and General Manager of GE’s Power Equipment and GE Appliances, Microwave, and Air-Conditioning businesses.

Current CD&R Directorships:
Education:

University of Vermont (B.S., biological sciences, computer science)

Liam FitzgeraldOperating Advisor

Liam Fitzgerald

Operating Advisor

Europe
Healthcare

Mr. Fitzgerald is the former CEO of UDG Healthcare plc, 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 Ireland-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.

Education:

Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School (master’s, business studies), University College Dublin (bachelor’s, commerce)

Lewis Hay, IIIOperating Advisor

Lewis Hay, III

Operating Advisor

New York
Industrials

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 Anthem, Inc., and is a former member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Education:

Carnegie Mellon University (M.S., industrial administration), Lehigh University (B.S., electrical engineering)

Yong Hak HuhOperating Advisor

Yong Hak Huh

Operating Advisor

Asia

Mr. Huh is Founder and CEO of First Bridge Strategy Limited. Prior to establishing First Bridge in 2015, Mr. Huh was the first Chief Investment Officer of Private Markets and Direct Investment at Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) from 2008 to 2014. At HKMA, he pioneered and managed an alternative asset portfolio comprised of a diverse range of private equity funds, co-investments, secondaries, distressed credit, technology venture funds, and real estate on a global basis. Prior to HKMA, Mr. Huh was Head of Financial Institutions Group for Asia and Head of Korea Investment Banking Division of HSBC from 2004 to 2008. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Huh was a Partner at Olympus Capital, a private equity firm focused on Asian investments. Previously, he worked at J.P. Morgan in various senior positions in New York, Seoul, and Hong Kong.

Education:

Stanford Graduate School of Business (Executive Education Program), Columbia University (MIA), Korea University (B.A., political science and diplomacy)

Fred KindleOperating Advisor

Fred Kindle

Operating Advisor

Europe
Industrials

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 CEO 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 CEO 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 chairman of VZ Holding Ltd, and a member of the boards of Stadler Rail Ltd and Schneider Electric.

Education:

Northwestern University (M.B.A.), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (master’s, engineering)

Philip W. KniselyOperating Advisor

Philip W. Knisely

Operating Advisor

New York
Industrials

Mr. Knisely has served for over 20 years as a senior executive in the diversified industrials category. He 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 Co. He serves on the board of trustees of the Darden School Foundation at his alma mater, the University of Virginia.

Current CD&R Directorships:
Education:

University of Virginia (M.B.A.), GM Fellowship Scholar, General Motors Institute (B.S., industrial engineering)

Sir Terence P. LeahySenior Advisor

Sir Terence P. Leahy

Senior Advisor

Europe
Consumer/Retail

Sir Leahy became a Senior Advisor to CD&R in 2011 and is based in London. In his 32-year career at Tesco plc, Sir Leahy helped to transform the company into the third-largest retailer in the world, serving in several 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. Sir 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.

Current CD&R Directorships:
Education:

Cranfield University (DSc), University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)

Helge LundOperating Advisor

Helge Lund

Operating Advisor

Europe
Industrials

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 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 several executive positions, including COO and CFO of the pharmaceutical business. Mr. Lund also held non-executive positions at Schlumberger from 2016 to 2018 and Nokia from 2011 to 2014, and, early in his career, was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Lund is chairman of the global healthcare company Novo Nordisk, and a non-executive director and chairman designate of the global energy group BP Plc. He will be appointed chairman of BP Plc on January 1, 2019.

Current CD&R Directorships:
Education:

INSEAD (M.B.A.), Norwegian School of Economics & Business Administration (M.A., economics)

Hemant LuthraAdvisor

Hemant Luthra

Advisor

Europe

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, engineering its merger with Hutchison Whampoa.

Education:

Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program); Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

W. James McNerney, Jr.Senior Advisor

W. James McNerney, Jr.

Senior Advisor

New York

Mr. McNerney became a Senior Advisor to CD&R in 2016 after holding senior leadership positions at some of the 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 Company 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.

Education:

Harvard University (M.B.A.), Yale University (B.A.)

Sir Richard L. OlverOperating Advisor

Sir Richard L. Olver

Operating Advisor

Europe

Sir 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 to 2008. Sir 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. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers and was awarded the prestigious Non-Executive Director (NED) of the Year Award at the 6th annual NED Awards in 2012.

Education:

Royal Academy of Engineering (First Class Honours, civil engineering); Fellow, Institution City University, London (honorary doctorate); Cranfield University, Bedfordshire (honorary doctorate)

Sir Nigel Rudd, DLOperating Advisor

Sir Nigel Rudd, DL

Operating Advisor

Europe

Sir Rudd is chairman of Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (formerly BAA Limited) and Invensys plc. He is also a non-executive director of Sappi Limited. Sir Rudd was appointed chairman of the UK & Ireland Private Bank, Barclays Wealth, in 2009. In 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 2010.

David ScheibleOperating Advisor

David Scheible

Operating Advisor

New York
Industrials

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 2007 to 2016 and chairman of the board from 2013 to 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 Benchmark Electronics Inc. and on the boards of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc., Flint Group, and Georgia Partners in Education.

Current CD&R Directorships:
Education:

Purdue University (M.B.A., finance, B.S., biochemistry)

Manfred SchneiderOperating Advisor

Manfred Schneider

Operating Advisor

Europe

In a career that has spanned over 45 years at Bayer, Dr. Schneider held several 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 served for ten years as chairman of the board of management beginning 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. Mr. Schneider served as President of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) from 1999 until 2001.

Education:

Aachen Technical University (PhD); Universities of Freiburg, Hamburg, Cologne (business management)

John SeralOperating Advisor

John Seral

Operating Advisor

New York
Services

Mr. Seral is the former Vice President and CIO for GE Energy, where he led a global team responsible for implementing IT and digital strategies with solutions and global information tools to drive business and customer growth. His responsibilities encompassed ERPs, cloud infrastructure, global networks, customer 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 seven business CIO roles over 30 years, including Auto Auctions, Railcar Services, Auto Financial Services, GE Lighting, 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 role of GE Infrastructure, which included GE Energy, Aviation, and Transportation for several years to drive IT 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 serves on the boards of Softtek and Tech Mahindra.

Education:

Keller Graduate School (M.B.A., marketing, finance), University of Illinois (B.S., math, computer science)

William VanArsdaleOperating Advisor

William VanArsdale

Operating Advisor

Industrials

Mr. VanArsdale served at Eaton Corporation for 27 years, most recently as President of the Hydraulics, Filtration and Golf Grip Group, which generated more than $3 billion in sales and employed 14,500 people across nearly 70 facilities. Mr. VanArsdale began his career with Eaton in 1973 as a sales engineer, followed by leadership roles at Siemens Automation and Rockwell Automation. He returned to Eaton in 1999 to lead the $1 billion Electrical Components Operation. In 2004 he was asked to facilitate the turnaround of the Hydraulics Group, which more than doubled in size and improved profitability by more than 1,300 basis points under his leadership. He served on the Eaton Chairman’s Senior Leadership Council and worked to develop policies, procedures, and messaging around ethics at Eaton, resulting in the company being recognized as one of the world’s most ethical companies by the Ethisphere Institute for eight years in a row.

Current CD&R Directorships:
Education:

Villanova University (B.S., electrical engineering)

John F. Welch, Jr.Senior Advisor

John F. Welch, Jr.

Senior Advisor

New York
Industrials

Mr. Welch is one of the world’s most respected and celebrated CEOs, known for his unmatched track record of success, passion for winning, and unbridled desire to change the world for the better using his groundbreaking management practices. He has always been defined by his love of teaching, and his commitment to building leaders and teams. 
Mr. Welch is executive chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, an online MBA and Certificate program with 2,000 students from around the world. With its deeply engaged faculty, real-life curriculum, and interactive technology, JWMI is designed to give working professionals at every level of their careers the tools to transform their lives and organizations. Along with his active involvement at JWMI, Mr. Welch is a senior advisor at the high-growth Internet enterprise IAC (InterActiveCorp). 
Named as one of the “100 Greatest Living Business Minds” by Forbes magazine in 2017, Mr. Welch has been called, “The CEO of CEOs,” but his impact can be seen and felt in the careers of millennials, entrepreneurs, and senior executives alike. All three of his books have been major international bestsellers: Jack: Straight from the Gut (2001), Winning (2005), and The Real-Life MBA (2015). 
Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Mr. Welch began his career with the General Electric Company in 1960, and in 1981 became the Company’s 8th chairman and CEO. During his 20-year tenure as CEO, the Company's market capitalization rose from $13 billion to over $400 billion. In 2000, he was named “Manager of the Century” by Fortune magazine.

Education:

University of Illinois (PhD, M.S., chemical engineering), University of Massachusetts

Ronald A. WilliamsOperating Advisor

Ronald A. Williams

Operating Advisor

New York
Healthcare

Mr. Williams served as both chairman and CEO of Aetna Inc. from 2006 to 2010 and as chairman from 2010 to 2011. Prior to joining Aetna, Mr. Williams was 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).

Current CD&R Directorships:
Education:

Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S., management), Roosevelt University