Baird Global Consumer Investment Banking Co-Head, Maria Watts, was recently named to Crain’s Chicago Business’s 2023 list of Notable Leaders in Finance.

The 2023 list includes 30 senior leaders across the Greater Chicago area. The honor recognizes senior level professionals in corporate finance positions who have demonstrated leadership through mentoring, involvement in professional organizations and participation in community and civic initiatives.

As Co-Head of Baird Global Consumer Investment Banking, Maria is a key partner in overseeing the strategic, operation and organizational activities for the sector. She also serves as a member of Baird Investment Banking Global Leadership Committee in addition to various other committees within the firm’s investment practice. Maria is also an active member of her community in Chicago and is dedicated to advancing the next generation of leaders through economic support and discourse.

“Maria is highly regarded and respected for her deep Consumer industry expertise, intense focus on clients and well-developed origination and execution skills,” said Brian McDonagh, Co-Head of Global Investment Banking. “Her work reflects global perspectives, outstanding leadership capabilities, a steadfast commitment to the Baird culture, and the embodiment of GIB’s model of teamwork and collaboration. During her 15 years at Baird, Maria has had a major positive impact on our business, our culture, and our people, and has been a role model for all of us with her seemingly unlimited energy, drive and commitment to making Baird the best we can be.”