Owen Sullivan has joined Baird Capital, the direct private investment arm of Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., as an operating partner.
Sullivan has more than 30 years of experience in the business solutions sector, most recently as president of specialty brands for Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup. In that role, he served as chief executive officer of Right Management, Jefferson Wells and Experis.
Sullivan also led ManpowerGroup’s global sales organization.
Before joining ManpowerGroup, Sullivan served as president of Metavante’s Financial Services Group. He also has worked as a management consultant, forming strategic plans and targeting acquisitions for several venture capitalists and private equity groups.
“We are very pleased to have Owen join the Baird Capital team,” said Gordon Pan, managing partner of Baird Capital. “His deep expertise in the industry and his consistent record of driving profitable growth in highly competitive markets makes him a perfect fit with our operating model. Adding a veteran talent like Owen is another step in strengthening our competitive position.”
Sullivan holds a bachelor’s from Marquette University and serves on its board of trustees. He also sits on the boards of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Johnson Financial Group, Journal Communications and Ministry HealthCare.
“Baird Capital has in-depth industry expertise, a global relationship network and a unique perspective on the marketplace,” Sullivan said. “I am looking forward to working with this talented team to help build value in the portfolio.”