John Taft is Vice Chairman of Baird. Previously, John served for more than a decade as President and CEO of RBC Wealth Management, with over 1,900 advisors in 41 states and over $280 billion in client assets under administration. After leaving RBC in 2016, John served as a Senior Advisor to Deloitte & Touche LLP and as an independent Director of the Columbia Threadneedle mutual funds.
John is 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. John serves as SIFMA Chairman in 2011 and spent more than a decade on the board.
John graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University in 1977 with a combined French and English Literature degree. He was captain of the Men’s Varsity Soccer team and played professionally in the North American Soccer League.
He’s married to Laura Taft and they reside in Minneapolis, they have three children and two stepchildren. His hobbies include tennis, golf, guitar playing, collecting contemporary art and fly fishing.