People: Carpenter Technology Corp (CRS.N)
11 Jul 2014
Mr. Thomas O. Hicks, Jr., is Independent Director of Carpenter Technology Corp. Mr. Hicks has over 38 years’ experience in the private equity industry which has provided him with exposure to a wide variety of businesses and industries in his career. Since 2005, Mr. Hicks has served as the chairman of Hicks Holdings LLC, a holding company for real estate, private equity and sports investments of Mr. Hicks and his family. Mr. Hicks and his affiliates are also, directly or indirectly, the controlling stockholders of DirecPath, LLC, a company that provides bundled DIRECTV programming, broadband voice and data services, security and other locally based services to multiple dwelling units across the United States; Ocular LCD, Inc., a designer, manufacturer and marketer of high-performance liquid crystal displays, modules and systems; Directional Rentals Holdings, Inc., an oilfield service provider focused on downhole rental tools; and Grupo Pilar, an animal and pet food company in Argentina. Mr. Hicks co-founded Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, a nationally prominent private equity firm in the United States that specialized in leveraged acquisitions, and served as its chairman from 1989 through 2004. Mr. Hicks also co-founded and served as co-chief executive officer of the leveraged buy-out firm Hicks & Haas from 1984 until 1989. From 2006 through February 2012, Mr. Hicks served as a director of Latrobe Specialty Metals, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of high performance materials (“Latrobe”), which was partially owned by Hicks Holdings during this time period and acquired by Carpenter in February 2012. Mr. Hicks also currently serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer of HEP Partners LLC, an entity registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Mr. Hicks received a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California in 1970 and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas in 1968.
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