Baird Capital Partners Adds Ferranti to Portfolio Management Team

CHICAGO, July 27, 2010
 
Roberto FerrantiBaird Capital Partners (BCP), the U.S.-based buyout fund of Baird Private Equity, announced today it has added Roberto Ferranti as a Vice President in its Chicago office. As a member of Baird Private Equity’s Portfolio Management Program, Ferranti will focus on driving strategies to build value in Baird Capital Partners’ portfolio companies.

Through the Portfolio Management Program, Baird Private Equity builds value in its investments by partnering with portfolio company management to develop and execute strategies that drive profitable growth and margin enhancement. Leveraging Baird Private Equity’s global resources, the Portfolio Management Program 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 Management Program has also helped portfolio companies generate significant revenue opportunities through European and Asian distribution relationships.

Ferranti previously served as a Vice President in the Corporate Recovery Group of Mesirow Financial. He joins BPE with experience designing and implementing strategies to drive corporate financial performance, with a particular focus on operational and process improvement and performance enhancement, due diligence, supply chain, and operations management, among other areas. Prior to Mesirow, Ferranti was a manager in the Private Equity group of Kurt Salmon Associates in San Francisco, where he led teams through all facets of the due diligence process, to identify operational improvement opportunities and evaluate strategic investment decisions. Before that, Ferranti was a vice president at AlixPartners in Chicago, where he designed and implemented comprehensive improvement strategies to streamline operations and was recognized by the company with an achievement in excellence award for superior performance. Ferranti holds a MBA from University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a BA in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy).

About Baird Capital Partners
Baird Capital Partners, the U.S.-based buyout fund of Baird Private Equity, invests in lower middle-market companies in the business services, manufactured products and healthcare sectors. Established in 1989, Baird Capital Partners leverages its deep sector knowledge, experienced investment team and extensive operating resources to drive value in its portfolio companies. Baird Capital Partners is supported by operating resources in China (Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai) and India (Bangalore), focused on facilitating and executing Asia sourcing, manufacturing and distribution strategies for Baird Capital Partners’ portfolio companies. For more information, please visit www.bairdcapitalpartners.com.

Baird Private Equity, the global private equity group of Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird), makes venture capital, growth equity and buyout investments in smaller, high potential companies in the United States through Baird Venture Partners and Baird Capital Partners, in China through Baird Capital Partners Asia, and in Europe through Baird Capital Partners Europe. Baird Private Equity has a global team of investment and operations professionals in nine offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, including a team of operating professionals in Asia. Baird Private Equity and its affiliates have raised and managed over $2.7 billion in capital and invested in more than 240 companies since the 1980s. For more information, please visit www.bairdprivateequity.com.

For additional information contact: 
Angela Pittman Taylor
Baird Public Relations
414-298-1902