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Paul Purcell, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

September 8, 2009

Paul  Purcell

Paul E. Purcell is Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Baird Holding Company, Baird Financial Corporation and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Purcell joined Baird in 1994 and served in a variety of capacities, including Chief Operating Officer, before becoming President & Chief Executive Officer in 2000. He added the title of Chairman in 2006.  Purcell is a member of the Baird Financial Corporation board of directors and Robert W. Baird & Co. board of directors.   Prior to joining Baird, he spent 22 years with Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he was a Managing Director and head of the Midwest Investment Banking Group.

In addition to his duties at Baird, Purcell serves on the Alverno College board of trustees, Chairman Cristo Rey Jesuit High School  board of directors, Vice Chairman and member of the board of directors of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA),  University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Advisory Council, University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business Advisory Council, board of directors of RC2 Corporation, the Greater Milwaukee Committee board and executive committee and the board of Discovery World.

He received an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1971) and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1969). 


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