Baird promotes investment bankers

Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. today announced that two of its veteran bankers, Brian Doyal and Brian McDonagh, will assume the position of co-head of Global Investment Banking, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

They will succeed Steve Booth who was named Baird’s chief operating officer earlier this year and will eventually succeed Baird president and chief executive officer Paul Purcell. In addition to his COO role, Booth continues to serve as director of investment banking until Jan. 1.

In addition to their new department-wide leadership responsibilities, both Doyal and McDonagh will continue to play several of their current roles within Investment Banking. McDonagh will remain extremely active in leading industry teams across the platform in the execution of key advisory transactions. As such, he will retain his title and role as co-head of Global M&A. Doyal will also continue to play an active client coverage and execution role on key transactions across the services, technology and healthcare sectors.

“Brian Doyal and Brian McDonagh are highly regarded for their incredible focus on clients, teamwork, keen banking expertise, leadership and mentoring,” Booth said. “The co-head leadership model fits them well and complements our global reach and collaborative approach to serving our clients’ needs.” 

“For nearly 10 years I’ve worked with Steve and witnessed his incredible leadership, growing this franchise to be one of the best global, middle market investment banks,” said Doyal. “I am honored and excited to build upon our success, working in partnership with Brian McDonagh as co-head of Global Investment Banking.”

McDonagh added, “Joining Baird nearly five years ago was the best decision of my career. Our unique culture, high level of teamwork, strong commitment to excellence, and unparalleled senior attention to our clients has been the magic formula for building a leading middle market global investment banking effort. I am excited to partner with Brian Doyal to help take Baird’s investment banking business to the next level.”

Baird also announced other Investment Banking leadership and title changes, effective Jan. 1:

  • Peter Kies, previously co-head of Equity Capital Markets Desk, has been named head of Technology and Services Investment Banking.
  • Greg Ingram, previously co-head of Equity Capital Markets Desk, has been named head of Equity Capital Markets Desk. 

Baird’s Investment Banking group continues to grow in its scale and depth across the globe. 

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