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Brian McDonagh Managing Director Co-Head of Global Investment Banking

Brian McDonagh is Managing Director, Co-Head of Baird's Global Investment Bank. In this role, he works across all of Baird's industry groups to lead the execution and provide expert senior tactical and process strategy advice on the firm's most important advisory transactions. In addition, he plays a senior banker role with many of Baird's key consumer and industrial clients and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Chairman of the Fairness Committee.

Brian has over 30 years of experience in the global M&A market, through which he has developed extensive experience in originating and executing a broad range of strategic transactions for publicly traded, sponsor-owned and privately-owned middle market companies across a wide variety of industries, including consumer, industrial, healthcare, business services, energy, and technology.

Prior to joining Baird in 2008, Brian was a founder of and spent over 13 years in a leadership role in Charlotte, NC with the Global M&A Group at what is now Wells Fargo Securities (previously First Union Securities and later Wachovia Securities). In this capacity, he served as Chairman of the firm's Fairness Committee and played a senior M&A execution role on a wide variety of the firm's most important M&A transactions across multiple industry groups. Brian also spent more than 10 years in New York in the Global M&A Group of what is now JPMorgan Chase, working on a broad set of advisory transactions across a variety of industry segments throughout the world. He received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College.