Continues Expansion of Global Private Equity Team

CHICAGO – June 7, 2021 – Today, Baird Capital, the global private equity and venture capital arm of Baird, announced that Rebecca (Becca) Schlagenhauf has joined its Global Private Equity team as Vice President. She will focus on investments within the Industrial Technology & Solutions sector

Schlagenhauf joins Baird Capital from Northwestern Mutual Capital (NMC). Prior to NMC, she spent six years at Baird on its world-renowned equity research team. In 2019, Schlagenhauf was named an “Up-and-Coming Woman in PE to Know” by McGuireWoods. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame and an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. Schlagenauf has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

“We are so pleased to welcome Becca back to the firm,” said Rob Ospalik, Partner with Baird Capital. “Becca understands and embodies our tremendous Baird culture, having interned with our London Baird Capital team as an undergraduate student and then moving on to our equity research team early in her professional career. As a recognized emerging private equity leader, she knows and understands both the industry and what makes Baird a special place to work. We’re excited to see what we can accomplish together as we continue to grow our private equity platform and portfolio.”

“I am thrilled to join Baird Capital and return to the firm’s deeply collaborative culture,” said Schlagenhauf. “I look forward to digging in and working alongside Rob and the rest of the talented global investment team.”

Baird Capital’s private equity team seeks businesses in a range of industrial markets, with a particular focus on the following subsectors:

  • Testing, Measurement & Inspection
  • Emerging Industrial Technology
  • Environmental
  • Process Controls & Monitoring

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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 320 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 the United States, Europe and 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

For additional information, contact:

Rachel Berkowitz
Baird Public Relations