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Reliable Perspective in an Unpredictable World

A Letter From Jon Langenfeld

Portrait of Jon Langenfeld
Jon Langenfeld, CFA, is Baird's Head of Global Equities and Director of Research. He serves as part of the Baird Executive Committee and co-heads Baird's equity origination efforts. Prior to joining Baird in 2000, Jon was a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, providing supply chain consulting services.

As new economies and markets have emerged, the evolving global environment has presented many opportunities for industrial companies over the past several decades. But more recently, and with increasing frequency, the dynamic nature of our increasingly interconnected world has created challenges – many of them difficult to foresee.

From our 1919 origins as a broker headquartered in the center of the U.S. Industrial Belt, Baird has not only closely watched but participated in the global growth and transformation of leading companies. And as different as that world looks today from our offices on three continents, our perspective remains just as relevant and dependable because of our long-term commitment to the sector, the breadth of our experiences and the strength of our relationships.

Baird's annual Global Industrial Conference has demonstrated the advantages of these attributes to increasing numbers of attendees for more than 45 years. And we believe this 2016–2017 Global Industrial Report helps illustrate why Baird has remained a constant for quality companies, their leaders and their investors in an increasingly unpredictable world.

Jon Lagenfeld's Signature
Controlling the Controllable
Controlling the Controllable

A panel of Industrial leaders discusses the challenges of operating in an increasingly interconnected world.

Global M&A: A Rewarding Tool in Uncertain Times
Global M&A: A Rewarding Tool in Uncertain Times

Baird Global Investment Banking discusses the rising importance and cost of M&A in today's uncertain Industrial markets.

Hype or History in the Making?
Hype or History in the Making?

Baird Capital considers the implications of Industry 4.0 on mid-market Industrial businesses.

Baird's Global Industrial Conference
Baird's Global Industrial Conference

For 46 years, Baird has connected the world's foremost Industrial companies with active investors.

Backed by Baird's World-Class Platform
Backed by Baird's World-Class Platform

Baird's Global Industrial Conference is enhanced by the firm's industry-leading research, sales and trading capabilities and investment expertise.