Robert W. Baird & Co.: Baird Private Equity Hires Skie as Chief Administrative Officer for Baird Capital Partners and Baird Venture Partners

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Angela Pittman, Public Relations Coordinator
Robert W. Baird & Co., Incorporated
414-298-1902
[email protected]

CHICAGO, November 28, 2005 Baird Private Equity, the private equity group
of Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird), has hired Scott Skie as Chief Administrative
Officer for Baird Capital Partners and Baird Venture Partners. As Chief
Administrative Officer, Skie has financial, investor relations and administrative
oversight responsibility working closely with Paul Carbone, Co-director of Baird
Private Equity and Managing Partner of Baird Capital Partners and Baird
Venture Partners.

“We’re pleased to have Scott join our group,” said Carbone. “He brings a
unique skill-set and experience that will add tremendous value to our team.”

“I’m very pleased to be a part of the Baird team, given the firm’s industry
expertise, longstanding activity in private equity, broad network of resources
and reputation as a great place to work,” Skie said.

Prior to joining Baird, Skie served as Chief Financial Officer for LaSalle Capital
Group, a Chicago-based middle-market private equity firm. In addition, Skie
has worked extensively as a service provider to private equity firms as a
member of Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services group. Skie also
has commercial banking and audit experience. He received his MBA from the
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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About Baird Private Equity
With more than 40 investment professionals in the United States and Europe,
Baird’s global private equity business has raised and managed $1.5 billion in
capital. Baird Capital Partners provides change-of-control capital and growth
capital to U.S.-based, middle-market companies in the Business Services and
Manufactured Products sectors. Baird Venture Partners makes venture capital
investments in early- to growth-stage companies in the Business Services &
Software and Healthcare/Life Sciences sectors. Granville Baird Capital
Partners is a long-established private equity manager targeting mid-market
growth companies in the UK and Germany with a focus on the Business
Services, Healthcare and Industrial Products sectors. Baird Private Equity
also has an operating team located in three offices in China, focused on
facilitating and executing Asia sourcing, manufacturing and distribution
opportunities for portfolio companies. The group’s investments are supported
by Baird’s full range of financial advice, operating expertise and industry
research, providing a unique full-service approach to the entire private equity
investment process. For more information, please visit
www.bairdprivateequity.com.

About Baird
Baird, established in 1919, is an employee-owned international wealth
management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with
offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Baird’s principal operating
subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. in the United States and Robert W.
Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia
supporting Baird’s private equity operations.

Committed to being a great place to work, Baird is one of FORTUNE
magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2005 and was also included
on the magazine’s 2004 list. Robert W. Baird & Co. is a member of the New
York Stock Exchange and other principal exchanges and the Securities
Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). Robert W. Baird Ltd., a member of
the London Stock Exchange, and Granville Baird Capital Partners Ltd. are
authorized and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Services
Authority. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at
www.rwbaird.com.