Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA, is a director with Robert W. Baird & Co. Prior to joining Baird, he ran a successful venture capital incubator in New York's Silicon Alley. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Merker is an MBA honors graduate from Thunderbird, School of Global Management, and has a PhD in Investment Governance and Fiduciary Effectiveness from Marquette University. He is a past president of the CFA Society Milwaukee and a current board member. An adjunct professor of finance at Marquette University, he is also executive director of Fund Governance Analytics, LLC, a provider of governance research and diagnostic tools for asset owners and institutional investors.
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