John Taft is Vice Chairman of Baird and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining Baird, he served for more than a decade as CEO of RBC Wealth Management. He is a past chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), where he advocated for responsible financial reform. Most recently, he served in a consulting capacity for Deloitte & Touche. Taft was also CEO of Voyageur Asset Management; president and CEO of Dougherty Summit Securities; a member of the board of directors of Segall Bryant & Hamill, The Clifton Group and Columbia Threadneedle Funds; and a managing director at Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood.
John is the author of two books, “Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street” and “A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism.” He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, and earned a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Organization and Management.
As a member of the board of directors and as a volunteer, he has served a wide range of not-for-profit and public service organizations. Currently he is an active member of the Itasca Project, and serves on the boards of The Minneapolis Foundation.
Deeply committed to community involvement, inclusion and diversity, John credits his family legacy, including his great grandfather, 27th U.S. President William Howard Taft, for instilling strong core values that shape his belief that, ultimately, business success involves improving the lives of others.