Back Office Support
Charles D. Miller
Executive Vice President & Global Head of Distribution
Mr. Miller joined Harbert Management Corporation (HMC) in 1994 and became Executive Vice President & CFO in 2002 serving through 2011 when he became Executive Vice President & Global Head of Distribution. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Miller previously worked with Harbert Corporation, which he joined in 1985, and played a key role in that firm’s transformation from an operating conglomerate. During his career, he has served in various treasury and financial management roles, including Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Acquisitions. His current responsibilities at HMC include the management of all fund raising and investor relations activities, along with credit and treasury functions across the company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and has completed the Wharton Executive Program at the University of Pennsylvania on Financial Management.
David A. Boutwell
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Boutwell joined HMC in 1994 and became its EVP & Chief Administrative Officer in 2002 serving through 2011 when he became EVP and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Boutwell is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant, and he practiced with Ernst & Young from 1979 to 1990. There, he specialized in internal controls, manufacturing companies and public company SEC reporting. Mr. Boutwell joined Harbert Corporation in 1991 as its Director of Financial Projects and became its Controller in 1992. He earned a Bachelor of Sciences and a Master of Arts in Accounting, both from the University of Alabama. He is a member of and provides financial expertise to all of the HMC investment committees. Mr. Boutwell is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Culverhouse School of Commerce at the University of Alabama.
Sonja J. Keeton
Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Ms. Keeton joined HMC in 1990 as its Director of Corporate Taxation and Assistant Controller. In 2004, Ms. Keeton became the Controller of HMC and in 2011 became its Sr. VP and Chief Administrative Officer. Ms. Keeton is a Certified Public Accountant who practiced with PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) prior to joining Harbert in 1990. There she practiced in internal controls with a focus on healthcare, banking and construction industries. Ms. Keeton joined Harbert Corporation in 1990 and became its Director of Corporate Taxation and Assistant Controller in 1992. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of South Alabama in 1986.
John W. McCullough
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Mr. McCullough joined HMC in 2006 as a Vice President and Associate General Counsel, and was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel effective March 9, 2009. Before joining HMC, he was a partner in the law firm of Balch & Bingham LLP and Associate General Counsel of a publicly traded client of that firm. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of McWane Science Center, a science museum and early learning center in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. McCullough received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Washington and Lee University and received a law degree from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University.
Thomas M. Hicks
Vice President & Director of Risk Management
Mr. Hicks joined HMC in 2004 and became Director of Risk Management in 2007. The Risk Management Department is responsible for monitoring and reporting risk exposures across HMC’s various investment strategies. The department includes 4 Directors, the Manager of Hedge Fund Investor Reporting, hedge fund accountants, and a risk analyst. The group oversees various risk management functions including valuation analysis, internal audit, hedge fund accounting, and risk reporting. There are 3 CPAs and 2 CFA charter holders within the department. Prior to joining Harbert, Mr. Hicks was manager of the Munich back office accounting team at State Street IMS West and previously worked for a private investment firm. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Mr. Hicks is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Alabama.
Jeffrey B. Liles
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Liles joined Harbert Management Corporation in February of 2011. He is responsible for global technology initiatives at HMC, including network Infrastructure, business continuity and disaster recovery, software support, mobility management, and telecommunications. Mr. Liles is an experienced Senior Information Technology Executive with over 27 years of corporate expertise, involving both domestic and international companies. Throughout his career, he has held numerous key management positions focusing on core computing competencies, process engineering, data architecture, security, and network operations within the manufacturing, logistics, and financial industries. Mr. Liles earned a BS degree in Health Care Management from the University of Alabama and a BS degree in Computer Science from Jacksonville State University.