Mr. D’Aniello is a founder and Chairman of Carlyle and was elected to the Board of Directors of our general partner effective July 18, 2011. Prior to forming Carlyle in 1987, Mr. D’Aniello was the Vice President for Finance and Development at Marriott Corporation for eight years. Before joining Marriott, Mr. D’Aniello was a financial officer at PepsiCo, Inc. and Trans World Airlines. Mr. D’Aniello is a member of The Council for the United States and Italy; the Lumen Institute; the U.S.—China CEO and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Co-Chairman of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Research; the Board of Trustees of Syracuse University; the Chancellor’s Council; the Corporate Advisory Council to the Martin J. Whitman School of Management; Chairman of the Wolf Trap Foundation of the Performing Arts; and an Advisor to the John Templeton Foundation. Mr. D’Aniello previously served as chairman and/or director of several private companies in which Carlyle had significant investment interests. Mr. D’Aniello is a 1968 magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and a 1974 graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he was a Teagle Foundation Fellow.
Mr. Conway is a founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Carlyle and is also the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Conway was elected to the Board of Directors of our general partner effective July 18, 2011. Prior to forming Carlyle in 1987, Mr. Conway was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MCI Communications Corporation (“MCI”). Mr. Conway was a Vice President and Treasurer of MCI from 1981 to 1984. Mr. Conway is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Johns Hopkins Medical Center and the John Carroll Society Board of Governors. He previously served as chairman and/or director of several public and private companies in which Carlyle had significant investment interests. Mr. Conway received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Rubenstein is a founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Carlyle. He was elected to the Board of Directors of our general partner effective July 18, 2011. Prior to forming Carlyle in 1987, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in Washington, D.C. with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge LLP (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP). From 1977 to 1981 Mr. Rubenstein was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. From 1975 to 1976, he served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Among other philanthropic endeavors, Mr. Rubenstein is the Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, President of the Economic Club of Washington and on the Boards of Directors or Trustees of Duke University (Chair), Johns Hopkins Medicine, University of Chicago, the Brookings Institution (Co-Chair), the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Council on Foreign Relations (Vice Chair) and the Institute for Advanced Study. Mr. Rubenstein is a 1970 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Following Duke, Mr. Rubenstein graduated in 1973 from The University of Chicago Law School.
Mr. Youngkin is President and Chief Operating Officer of Carlyle and has served in such capacity since June 2015. Mr. Youngkin also serves on Carlyle's Executive Group. From June 2014 to May 2015, Mr. Youngkin served as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. From March 2011 until June 2014, Mr. Youngkin served as Chief Operating Officer. From October 2010 until March 2011, Mr. Youngkin served as Carlyle's interim principal financial officer. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Youngkin was the Global Head of the Industrial Sector investment team. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Youngkin led Carlyle's buyout activities in the United Kingdom and from 1995 to 2000, he was a member of the U.S. buyout team. Prior to joining Carlyle in 1995, Mr. Youngkin was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and he also previously worked in the investment banking group at CS First Boston. Mr. Youngkin has served on the Board of Directors of numerous Carlyle portfolio companies and currently serves on the Board of Ri-Happy Brinquedos S.A. Mr. Youngkin also serves on the Board of Governors of the National Cathedral School, the Dean's Advisory Board at Harvard Business School, the Board of Directors of Meadowkirk, Inc. and the Rice Management Company and as Church Warden of the Vestry of Holy Trinity Church. Mr. Youngkin received a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.A. in managerial studies from Rice University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Mr. Buser is the Chief Financial Officer of Carlyle and has served in such capacity since December 2014. Mr. Buser also serves on Carlyle’s Executive Group. From May 2014 until December 2014, Mr. Buser served as Carlyle’s Interim Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Buser joined Carlyle in 2004 as a managing director and served as the firm’s Chief Accounting Officer until May 2014. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Buser was an audit partner with Ernst & Young, LLP. He began his career with Arthur Andersen in 1985 and was admitted to the partnership in 1997. Mr. Buser graduated from Georgetown University.
Mr. Ferguson is the General Counsel of Carlyle and has served in such capacity since 1999. Mr. Ferguson also serves on Carlyle’s Executive Group. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Ferguson was an associate with the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. Mr. Ferguson received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also received his law degree from the University of Virginia, and is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and Virginia.