Prior to his affiliation with Special Metals Corp., Mr. Watts was chief financial officer and senior vice president of Breed Technologies in Lakeland, Fla., (now Key Safety Systems) and at Amcast Industrial Corp. in Dayton, Ohio, both multi-billion-dollar manufacturing companies supplying automotive parts to companies such as Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Fiat and Ferrari. Mr. Watts specialized in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures at both companies. His extensive work with Italian automotive companies, including his leadership of the acquisition team for Italian wheelmaker Speedline, also enabled him to become fluent in Italian.
Mr. Watts held similar positions with General Cable Corp. in Highland Heights, Kentucky, and LCP Chemicals and Plastics in Edison, N.J. He began his career with Honeywell in New Jersey.