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Blair (William) & Co.
222 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL  60606
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Main Phone: 877-962-5247
Web Site: http://www.williamblair.com

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William Blair Funds

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  • Background:
    On February 10, 2021, the William Blair team unveiled a deal to buy ICM from BrightSphere. The deal is expected to close in Q2 2021. William Blair & Company, LLC is an employee-owned global investment firm whose investment management division serves as adviser to the William Blair Funds. Most portfolio managers are principals.

    William McCormick Blair founded William Blair & Company in Chicago in 1935. The firm enjoyed early success despite the challenges of the Great Depression. In 1946, Blair's sons William McCormick Blair, Jr., Edward McCormick Blair, and Bowen Blair joined the firm; in 1961, Blair, Sr. stepped down as managing partner and handed over the reins to Edward.

    The firm launched its first fund, the William Blair Growth Fund, in 1946. It currently offers an array of domestic equity funds, international equity funds, global funds, fixed income funds, and money market funds.

    William Blair & Company values its adherence to business traditions and low employee turnover rate. Chairman Edgar D. Jannotta originally joined the firm as an associate in 1959 and has worked there in various capacities ever since. President and CEO John R. Ettelson joined the firm in 1984 as an associate, and became a principal in 1989.

    In March 2010, the firm announced that it was hiring Dan Charles as global head of distribution of William Blair Investment Management. Charles left Janus, where he ran the U.S. institutional and international divisions, to take the position with Blair. He is responsible for expanding Blair's mutual fund, intermediary, and institutional businesses. He reports to head of William Blair Investment Management Michelle Seitz, who joined the firm in 1996.
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    Key People:
    Stephanie Braming
    Partner, Global Head of Investment Management, William Blair & Company, L.L.C.
    Bob Duwa
    Head of North America Distribution, William Blair Investment Management
    John Moore
    Head of Institutional Sales and Trading, William Blair & Company
    Richard Smirl
    Chief Operating Officer, William Blair & Company
    George Greig
    Global Strategist for Investment Management, William Blair & Company
    Tom Ross
    Partner, Head of European Distribution, William Blair & Company
    John Brennan
    Partner, Head of Investment Counseling, William Blair & Company
    Jeffrey A. Urbina
    CFA, Partner, Senior Portfolio Manager, William Blair & Company
    David Fording
    CFA, Partner, Senior Portfolio Manager, William Blair & Company
    Randy Randall
    Chief Compliance Officer, William Blair & Company
    Mike Jancosek
    Head, Advisor Solutions, William Blair & Company
    Story Archive for Blair (William) & Co.
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    3/25/2019 A DC I-O Vet Joins a $48.9B AUM Shop 401kWire.com
    12/11/2018 Four Fund Firms Are Repeatedly Among the Best Workplaces MFWire.com
    11/20/2018 An Inverse Index Fund Specialist Takes the Lead MFWire.com
    10/10/2018 Aberdeen Standard's STAR Shines In Chi-Town MFWire.com
    6/12/2018 Driehaus' Weber Fills Out His Sales Team MFWire.com
    6/11/2018 Week In Preview, June 11-17 MFWire.com
    1/29/2018 First Trust and Bridge Builder Lead the Monthly Pack, Again MFWire.com
    12/26/2017 First Trust and Bridge Builder Take the Lead MFWire.com
    10/16/2017 A PM Takes Over William Blair IM MFWire.com
    10/16/2017 Week In Preview, October 16-22 MFWire.com
    9/5/2017 TA Puts a New Chief In Charge of Russell MFWire.com
    3/15/2017 PwC and Northern Trust Help Fundsters Say Goodbye to Palm Desert MFWire.com
    3/10/2017 ICI MFIM 2017 Begins This Weekend MFWire.com
    10/25/2016 Fundsters Meet in Beantown as Directors Meet in Chitown MFWire.com
    10/19/2016 Aberdeen and OpFunds Win Big in Chicago MFWire.com
    4/27/2016 William Blair Will Shutter a 4.5-Year-Old Fund MFWire.com
    4/6/2016 William Blair Blogs MFWire.com
    1/29/2016 IMCA ICC 2016 Begins MFWire.com
    8/16/2012 Stork and Reaper for August 16, 2012 MFWire.com
    7/26/2012 Stork and Reaper for July 26, 2012 MFWire.com
    7/3/2012 William Blair Reins in International Growth MFWire.com
    5/2/2012 William Blair Debuts a Multi-PM Fund MFWire.com
    11/4/2011 William Blair Launches New Funds, Large and Small MFWire.com
    10/26/2011 Trib Talks Strategy with Chicago Fund Managers MFWire.com
    5/16/2011 William Blair to Close a $1.1 Billion Fund to New Investors MFWire.com
    3/25/2011 UBS Swaps in a Sub-Advisor MFWire.com
    3/7/2011 William Blair Plans to Partially Close a Fund MFWire.com
    10/7/2010 Vanguard Drops AllianceBernstein in Favor of Two Sub-advisors MFWire.com
    3/12/2010 The Reilly Brothers Bid Goodbye to AllianceBernstein MFWire.com
    3/1/2010 Coming Up This Month: A CEO Change, an Awards Night MFWire.com
    6/1/2009 Is Vanguard a Buyer? MFWire.com
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