Biography

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Biography PhotoMary Ellen Stanek
President, Baird Funds, Inc.,
Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Baird Advisors, Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.


Mary Ellen Stanek, 56, has served as President of Baird Funds, Inc., a registered investment company, since September 2000, and Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Baird Advisors, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, since March 2000. Previously, Ms. Stanek was President of Firstar Funds, Inc., also a registered investment company, from December 1998 to March 2000, and President and Chief Executive Officer (from November 1998 to February 2000) and President and Chief Operating Officer (from March 1994 to November 1998) of Firstar Investment Research & Management Company, LLC. Ms. Stanek is a member of the Executive, Compensation and Human Resources Committees, chair of the Human Resources Committee and has been a director since August 2003. Ms. Stanek was a director of our predecessor company since June 2002. Ms. Stanek is also a director of Robert W. Baird & Co., Incorporated, Baird Financial Corporation, Baird Holding Company, Aurora Health Care System, Inc., and the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company.