Baird taps Clarke as MD for global consumer team

Baird has hired Glen Clarke as a managing director for its global consumer team. Previously, Clarke worked at KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc where he served as a managing director and head of the firm’s food and agribusiness group.


CHICAGO, Aug. 3, 2016 – Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm, today announced that Glen Clarke has joined the firm’s Global Investment Banking business as a Managing Director on its Global Consumer Team. A seasoned veteran with more than 30 years of sector experience, Clarke will further expand Baird’s Global Consumer Investment Banking coverage by co-leading the firm’s global Food & Beverage franchise. He will be based out of Baird’s Chicago office.

Clarke joins Baird from KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., the corporate and investment banking arm of KeyCorp, where he was a Managing Director and Head of the firm’s Food and Agribusiness Group and led a number of notable M&A mandates and corporate finance transactions. He previously held positions at Duff and Phelps Securities, LLC, BMO Harris Bank and Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. He received a BA in Economics from Villanova University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University.

“We are very pleased Glen has decided to join Baird,” said Brian McDonagh, Co-Head of Baird Global Investment Banking. “Glen’s deep expertise and broad experience in the industry – particularly within the Food and Beverage space – will be a tremendous addition to Baird’s already strong Consumer platform and represents another opportunity to enhance our offering to clients and continue our momentum of growth and success.”

Baird’s Global Consumer Investment Banking team has been expanding in recent years, adding top talent and experiencing strong deal flow momentum. Clarke is the second senior banker to join the firm’s Consumer banking platform within the past year. In September, Baird added Terry Huffine in London. These senior additions have further enhanced Baird’s already strong platform, which had a record year in 2015, working with marquee brands such as Louisville Slugger, Elmer’s Products, S.C. Johnson, Wingstop and Planet Fitness, among others.

Baird’s Global Investment Banking business had an impressive year in 2015, completing 179 transactions with a total value of more than $43 billion. These transactions included a firm-record $21 billion in M&A advisory transactions, a third of which involved an international party. Baird also attracted senior-level professionals to our sector teams, product areas and geographies.

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