CHICAGO – Jan. 18, 2024 – Today, Baird Capital, Baird's global private equity and venture capital arm, announced that Scott Skie, Chief Operating Officer of Baird Capital, is retiring on February 2, 2024.

As part of this transition, the firm shared that Erin Jelenchick from Baird's Finance team has joined Baird Capital as Global Head of Finance. Katie Schoen will take on additional responsibilities as Global Head of Investor Relations & Operations. Schoen previously served as Director of Investor Relations. 

​​​​​​​"Scott's impact and constant striving for improvement have forever shaped Baird Capital," said Gordon Pan, President of Baird Capital. "I cannot thank him enough for his efforts and all that he's brought to our firm over the years. At the same time, I am very excited about the future of our group with Katie [Schoen] and Erin [Jelenchick]. The duo has 35+ years of combined experience in the finance industry and is well-prepared and suited to take over Scott's responsibilities. This co-leadership approach allows us to continue supporting our organization and positions us well for our next growth stage." 

Before joining Baird Capital, Schoen spent 12 years in Baird's Private Wealth Management Research team, overseeing the equity and fixed income analysts supporting Baird's Financial Advisors with portfolio management and security selection using individual stocks, bonds and ETFs. She graduated cum laude from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and international business. She holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations. 

Jelenchick is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and earned her BA and MPA in Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. At Baird since 2006, she has held various roles in the firm's Finance department, including overseeing the back office for Baird Capital, while most recently serving on the senior leadership team. Before Baird, Jelenchick spent the first part of her career in public accounting at Arthur Andersen LLP and Grant Thornton LLP. 

Before joining Baird in 2005, Skie served as Chief Financial Officer for LaSalle Capital Group, a Chicago-based middle-market private equity firm. In addition, he worked extensively as a service provider to private equity firms as a member of Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services group. Skie’s experience also includes commercial banking and audit. He received his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

About Baird Capital

Baird Capital manages two investment platforms, Venture Capital and Global Private Equity, and invests in B2B technology & services-focused companies worldwide. Founded in 1989, the group focuses on investing in sub-sectors where it has deep institutional knowledge and leveraging global operating capabilities to support the operational and growth needs of partner companies. Baird Capital is the direct private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co. For more information, please visit

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Rachel Berkowitz
Baird Public Relations