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Baird Capital Promotes Ferranti to Principal

CHICAGO, March 11, 2014-- Baird Capital, the direct private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird), announced today that Roberto Ferranti has been promoted to Principal from Vice President.

Ferranti joined Baird Capital in 2010 and works with the Portfolio Operations team, which strives to build value in Baird Capital’s investments by partnering with portfolio company management to develop and execute strategies that drive operational value and margin enhancement. Leveraging Baird Capital’s global perspective and resources, the Portfolio Operations team has helped portfolio companies generate millions of dollars of value from their operations through working capital optimization, performance improvement, strategic and shared sourcing initiatives, and supply chain management. The Portfolio Operations team has also helped portfolio companies generate significant revenue opportunities through European and Asian distribution relationships.

Prior to joining Baird Capital, Ferranti served as a Vice President in the Corporate Recovery Group of Mesirow Financial. Before that, he was a Vice President in the Performance Improvement group at AlixPartners. Ferranti, a native of Italy and fluent in English, Italian and French, received his bachelor’s degree from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

“Roberto has been a key member of our operations team and has led the design and implementation of global strategies that drive portfolio company performance,” said Gordon Pan, Managing Partner of Baird Capital. “This promotion reflects his continued commitment to providing value for our investors.”

About Baird Capital

Baird Capital makes venture capital, growth equity and private equity investments in strategically targeted sectors around the world. Having invested in more than 270 companies over its history, Baird Capital partners with entrepreneurs and, leveraging its executive networks, strives to build exceptional companies. Baird Capital provides operational support to its portfolio companies through teams on the ground in Asia, a proactive portfolio operations team and a deep network of relationships which together strive to deliver enhanced shareholder value. Baird Capital is the direct private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co. For more information, please visit www.BairdCapital.com.

Contact:
Nick Herff
Baird Public Relations
414-298-7094


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