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David W. Nelms

Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

David Nelms currently serves as the Lead Director of our Board of Directors and as a manager of CDW LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary.  Nelms is the Executive Chairman of Discover Financial Services, a direct banking and payment services company, a position he has held since his retirement as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in October 2018.

Nelms joined Discover in 1998 as President and Chief Operating Officer. He was elected Chairman of the Board at Discover in January 2009, having served as Chief Executive Officer since 2004. Prior to joining Discover, Nelms worked at MBNA America Bank from 1991 to 1998, most recently as Vice Chairman. From 1990 to 1991, he was a senior product manager for Progressive Insurance.  Nelms served as a management consultant with Bain & Company from 1986 to 1990.

Nelms also serves on the boards of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago and Junior Achievement of Chicago. Nelms is a graduate of University of Florida where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a graduate of Harvard Business School where he earned a Master of Business Administration.