Prior to joining Baird Capital, Mr. Ferranti served as a Vice President in the Corporate Recovery Group of Mesirow Financial. Before that, he was a Vice President in the Performance Improvement group at AlixPartners. Mr. Ferranti received his bachelor’s degree from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and an MBA from the University of Virginia. He is a native of Italy and is fluent in English, Italian and French.
“Roberto has been a key member of our operations team and has led the design and implementation of global strategies that drive portfolio company performance,” said Gordon Pan, Managing Partner of Baird Capital. “This promotion reflects his continued commitment to providing value for our investors.”
The Portfolio Operations team at Baird works with portfolio company management to develop and execute strategies that drive operational value and margin enhancement. In its history, the team has helped Baird’s portfolio companies generate millions of dollars of value from their operations through working capital optimization, performance improvement, strategic and shared sourcing initiatives, and supply chain management. The team has also helped portfolio companies generate revenue opportunities through European and Asian distribution relationships.
Baird Capital, the direct private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co., invests in lower middle-market companies in the manufactured products, healthcare and business services sectors. The firm invests from $15 million to $35 million in companies with enterprise values of $25 million to $125 million and EBITDAs greater than $5 million. Baird Capital was founded in 1989 and is based in Chicago (www.bairdcapital.com).
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