Robert W. Baird & Co’s investment arm Baird Capital has promoted three senior executives and announced that its former analyst John DiGiovanni has rejoined the firm as a senior associate.
Vice presidents Gordon Liao and Yongshan Zhang have been promoted to principals, while Alex Kessel has been promoted to vice president from senior associate.
Both Liao and Zhang joined the US private equity fund in 2008. Liao is focused on the consumer products sectors, while Zhang works with the China Growth Equity fund.
Kessel joined Baird Capital in 2011 and works with the US Private Equity fund.
DiGiovanni originally joined Baird Capital as in 2007 and left in 2010 to attend graduate school. He will now focus on investment opportunities in the business services, industrial and consumer products sectors.
Liao, Kessel and DiGiovanni are based in Chicago, while Zhang is based in Shanghai.
Gordon Pan, managing partner of Baird Capital, said, “Gordon, Yongshan and Alex have made substantial contributions to our business and investors, and these promotions reflect their hard work in driving value in our portfolio.”
Baird Capital makes venture capital, growth equity and private equity investments in strategically targeted sectors in the US, UK and China.
The firm’s most recent deals include an investment in Boston Plastics, a plastic injection moulding company based in Singapore with manufacturing facilities in China, which was announced in December last year.
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