Oct. 2023
Yellow Wood Partners Names Kathy O'Brien Operating Partner

BOSTON, October 23, 2023 – Yellow Wood Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on investing in consumer brands and companies, announced today that it has named Kathy O’Brien as Operating Partner. She brings over 30 years of experience as a consumer marketing executive.

Ms. O’Brien served from 1984 to September 2018 in roles of increasing responsibility in the food and personal care sectors at Unilever.  At Unilever, she most recently served as Vice President/General Manager, Skin & Marketing Services, and was a North America Leadership Team member. She was involved with the Dove business for many years and was responsible for building brand equity and executing Dove's brand activation plans in the United States. She has served as a board member for ZO Skin Health and currently serves on the board of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company and Tabula Rasa HealthCare, a publicly traded healthcare technology company. Kathy holds a B.A. in economics from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

About Yellow Wood Partners

Yellow Wood Partners is a Boston-based private investment firm that invests exclusively in the consumer industry in the middle market. The firm seeks to acquire branded consumer products that sell into a variety of consumer channels, including mass, drug, food, specialty, value, club and e-commerce. Yellow Wood's Consumer Operating DNA investment and operating strategy is based on utilizing the firm's functional operating resources to help maximize brand performance by driving organic growth and increasing operating efficiencies while acquiring additional brands into a limited number of platform companies in its concentrated investment portfolio. For more information, please visit