Don Layden is an independent consultant that has been providing his expert advice to Baird Capital since 2011. He provides strategic advice to the General Partner, assists with our evaluation of investment opportunities and works with our team to build value within the existing portfolio. In addition, in select situations, Don may be engaged directly by portfolio companies in Board roles and/or as a direct consultant to those companies.
Previously, Don was President of the International Group and Senior Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy, General Counsel and Secretary of Metavante. While there, he was instrumental in structuring the spin-off from Marshall & Ilsley Corporation (NYSE:MI) in 2007, a transaction in which Metavante became a public company. He also successfully negotiated the merger of Metavante Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:MV) into Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (NYSE:FIS) in October 2010. He serves on the boards of Firstsource Solutions, Online Resources, TxVia and Catholic Financial Life. Don graduated from Marquette University and received his JD with honors from Marquette University Law School. Active in the Milwaukee community, he serves on the boards of United Way, Alverno College, Milwaukee Art Museum, Summerfest, Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Schools That Can Milwaukee, Nativity Jesuit Middle School and Three Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts. He also serves nationally on the boards of the Consuelo Foundation and Ways to Work.