MILWAUKEE, Jan. 9, 2023 Baird today announced that Angela Pittman Taylor has been promoted to Director of Corporate Communications. Taylor, who most recently was Deputy Director of Corporate Communications, succeeds John Rumpf, who retired from the role effective January 3, 2023, after over two decades at the employee-owned international financial services firm. Rumpf will continue to assist Baird as a consultant.

Taylor joined Baird in 1998 as an intern through Inroads, a leader in advancing diverse youth in corporate America.  She joined Baird’s Public Relations team in 1999 and grew to become Public Relations Manager in 2020, with direct responsibility for leading the PR team and its efforts to build awareness of Baird and its businesses across its global footprint. She also leads Baird's Chicago-area brand strategy and co-leads the firm's Inclusion & Diversity marketing strategy. Taylor is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation Board of Directors; founding Chair of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni of Color Network Board of Directors; and Secretary of Sisters With Stock Investment Club (SWSIC), a women's investment club focused on promoting financial literacy and independence in the Black community. 

Taylor has received several awards recognizing her work and advocacy for others, including a 2018 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Distinguished Alumni Award, a 2013 Milwaukee Times Black Excellence Award and Baird's 2013 G. Frederick Kasten Supporting Cast Award for outstanding client service. She also was named a 2011 "Woman of Influence" in the "Behind the Scenes" category by Milwaukee Business Journal. Taylor graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Communications-Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and received her M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she has served as an adjunct instructor. 

I've had the honor to work with Angela for more than 20 years and have always been impressed with her commitment to developing associates and her inspirational leadership. In addition to her day job, she lends her talents to Baird's I&D initiatives, mentors many associates and gives back to the community. She exemplifies the best of Baird.

Mary Ellen Stanek, Co-Chief Investment Officer of Baird Advisors and President of the Baird Funds

Rumpf joined Baird in 1999 to establish Baird’s in-house PR Team and was named Director of Corporate Communications in 2007. Over the years, he has worked on many of Baird's top strategic business priorities and firmwide initiatives, contributed to significant acquisitions, and served as communications advisor to the firm's top leadership. He also served as the Executive Sponsor of the Baird Gives Back Associate Resource Group for over a decade, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Ballet.

Angela's talents and many professional accomplishments make her a perfect fit for this role, and we couldn't be more proud as she enters the next step in her leadership journey. John is leaving behind a remarkable legacy at the firm, and we wish him all the best.

Geoff Mackey, Baird's Chief Marketing & Communications Officer



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