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Art Baker

Art Baker

Clinical Associate Professor of Finance


CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Art Baker teaches courses on private equity, mergers and acquisitions and entrepreneurship through acquisition.

He brings more than 15 years of professional finance experience to UNC Kenan-Flagler. He worked as an investment banker and finance executive in Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies.

Dr. Baker served as chief strategy officer for Smart Start, a portfolio company of a major private equity firm. He led strategy, business development and M&A activities. He was a member of the senior executive committee reporting to the CEO.

He also was manager of strategic initiatives for AAA; manager of corporate development for General Motors; and vice president of investment banking and M&A for RBC Capital Markets in Toronto.

Dr. Baker previously taught at Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and the Investment Banking Institute.

He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

He received his PhD in economics from Moscow State University, his MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and his BS in business from Oklahoma City University.