Laird has over thirty years of experience in the family office industry. He is the Co-founder and Principal of the Cairnwood Cooperative Corporation, a single family office that manages the affairs of the Pitcairn family, with offices in Boston and Philadelphia. He is also active in the family's global private equity activities. In 2004 Laird helped launch the Wharton Global Family Alliance, a joint venture between CCC Alliance and the Wharton School, where he serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board.
Laird is active on various corporate and charitable boards and is a Director and former President of The Glencairn Foundation, the family's charitable giving arm. He is a graduate of Lehigh University and the Babson Graduate School of Business where he was a Sorenson Merit Scholar.