Bowen S. DiehlPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Diehl joined Capital Southwest in 2014 as Chief Investment Officer. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2015 and led the relaunch of the firm as a lender to middle market companies. Mr. Diehl chairs the firm’s investment committee and leads all aspects of the firm’s investment activities and strategic direction. He brings over 20 years of experience in sourcing, structuring and managing investments in a variety of industries. Mr. Diehl came to Capital Southwest from American Capital, Ltd., which he joined in 2001 and where he had acted as Managing Director and Co-Head of the Sponsor Finance Group since 2007. While at American Capital, he closed investments in 15 platform companies and numerous add-on acquisitions, representing over $1.1 billion of invested capital. Mr. Diehl’s investment experience has been in a variety of industries, including industrial manufacturing, healthcare, business services and consumer finance. His investments have been in the form of various securities and structures including first lien, unitranche, second lien and subordinated debt, as well as preferred and common equity in both control and non-control positions. Mr. Diehl earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree, with majors in Environmental/Geotechnical Engineering and Economics from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Diehl lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.