Bowen S. DiehlPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Bowen S. Diehl has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director of Capital Southwest since October 2015. Mr. Diehl joined Capital Southwest in March 2014 and served as its Chief Investment Officer from March 2014 to October 2015. Prior to joining Capital Southwest, Mr. Diehl was employed by American Capital, Ltd., a publicly traded business development company ("BDC") and global asset manager. From 2007 to 2014, he served as Co-Head of American Capital’s Sponsor Finance Group, the group responsible for the majority of American Capital’s middle market lending business.
From 2001 to 2007, he served as a senior investment professional in the Dallas Office of American Capital. Mr. Diehl has sourced, structured and managed investments that have included senior and subordinated debt, as well as preferred and common equity in both control and non-control structures. Mr. Diehl’s investment experience relates to a variety of industries including healthcare, business services, industrial manufacturing and consumer finance. Prior to American Capital, Mr. Diehl was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch, where he gained experience working with companies in the exploration and production, oilfield services, natural gas pipeline, natural gas gathering and processing, homebuilding and semiconductor sectors. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Diehl was a Vice President in the Global Oil and Gas Group at Chase Securities Inc., completing numerous transactions in the upstream and midstream oil and gas sectors. 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. In his capacity as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Diehl is an “interested person” under the 1940 Act. Capital Southwest benefits from Mr. Diehl’s extensive experience as a senior investment professional as well as his knowledge of the BDC industry.