Paul E. Purcell is Chairman of Baird and a member of the boards of directors of Baird Financial Group and affiliated entities, including Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. He is also Chairman of Baird’s global private equity business, Baird Capital.
Paul joined Baird in 1994, became President & Chief Operating Officer in 1998 and President & Chief Executive Officer in 2000. He added the title of Chairman in 2006 and served as Chairman, President & CEO until 2014. From 2014-2015 he served as Chairman & CEO. Prior to joining Baird, Paul 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, Paul is co-chair of the board of Teach for America - Milwaukee and chair of the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business advisory council. He also serves on the Alverno College board of trustees, the Cristo Rey Network board of trustees, the Greater Milwaukee Committee board and executive committee, the Junior Achievement of Chicago board of directors and the board of Year Up Chicago. He is a member of the board of directors of RiverFront Investment Group, LLC, and member of the board of directors of the American Securities Association. He also served on the boards of United Way of Greater Milwaukee, United Performing Arts Fund and Discovery World.
Paul received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (1971) and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1969). He has received a number of prestigious recognitions over the years including, more recently, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Distinguished Corporate Alumni Award (2009), Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin Business Leader of the Year for 2012, Three Harbors Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen’s Award (2013), Milwaukee Public Library Benjamin Franklin Award (2013), Midtown Educational Foundation Reach for Excellence Award (2014), Medical College of Wisconsin Warren P. Knowles Humanitarian Award (2014), United Community Center “Friends of the Hispanic Community Award” (2015), and CFA Society Milwaukee Lifetime Achievement Award (2016).