Investment Team
Jane Wildman

Senior Advisor

Jane is an accomplished growth-oriented senior executive. Jane has industry experience as a global business leader, board member, president, and chief marketing officer across Fortune 25, mid-sized family companies, start-ups, and industry associations in consumer-package goods and beyond. Jane successfully positions companies and brands for growth ahead of the market as a recognized leader in strategy, digital and holistic marketing with a strong focus in user experience and omni-channel sales. Jane also has deep experience in succession planning and diversity. Her external awards include innovation, marketing, digital, and diversity.

As president and board member of Combe Incorporated, a family-owned personal-care consumer products company, Jane successfully developed and executed a strategy to restore growth and transition the company to the third generation of family leadership, with record sales and profit growth ahead of peers. This included a robust innovation pipeline, award-winning launches, transforming marketing and sales to an omni-channel, digital mindset, leading top customer relationships, assessing M&A, and building the right team. With a successful strategy delivered, Jane moved from president to the Combe Board of Directors a transition perior. Prior to Combe, Jane was a partner/consultant with The Partnering Group. She specialized in c-suite strategy, management structure, omni-channel marketing, transforming the user experience, multi-cultural marketing, and organizational change. Clients included Fortune 50 and digital start-ups, including Walmart, P&G, Nestle, in retail, beauty, health, vitamins, food, pet and more. 

Jane started her career at Procter & Gamble. Jane served as global Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Pampers, P&G’s largest brand. Jane led the repositioning of a declining Pampers brand. During her tenure, Pampers doubled from $4 to $8 billion in with over half of the sales in international. As CMO for Pampers global marketing, Jane led the award-winning website, the industry-recognized UNICEF cause-marketing campaign, agency relationships, mom-blogger events, and sponsored the first P&G google-employee exchange. She also served as Global Vice President and General Manager of baby & toddler personal care, with full P&L responsibility for the baby & toddler personal care business. Her responsibilities included the baby & toddler personal care strategy and operations, finance, sales, product development, supply chain, and human resources, transforming the business to growth. Prior to Baby Care, Jane had broad global P&G Beauty Care experience in general management and marketing in skin and hair care. She also led the beauty care marketing leadership team, leading relationships with top beauty leaders. Jane’s P&G career started in food sales, with responsibilities for top customers. Jane moved to brand management and successfully ascended to general management. At P&G Jane worked in Beauty, Health, Baby, Feminine Care and Food in the US and internationally. 

Jane currently serves on the Gelesis board of directors, a consumer-centered biotechnology company advancing a novel category of treatments for weight management and gut health related chronic diseases. She serves on Omni Bioceuticals advisory board, a medical-grade skincare products and ingredients company targeted the professional channel and for the G100 Women’s Network. Jane actively consults, with work as an interim COO for a multi-billion-dollar company, as a CEO advisor for a digital start-up, and as a strategist in food, including plant-based proteins. Jane serves on the board for the Association of National Advertisers Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing. She serves on the University of Oregon School of Journalism advisory board where she has been inducted into the Hall of Achievement, and is a past Vice Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Claremont McKenna College Parent Network Board.

Jane has served on the U.S. Consumer Health Products Foundation Board and the Cosmetic Alliance Canada Board of Directors. Jane chaired the Deloitte Women’s Initiative (WIN) for the Cincinnati tri-state office, served as Chair of the non-profit board ProKids, a court appointed special advocate United Way agency for neglected and abused children, and served on the Board of the Cincinnati Red Cross. Jane has won numerous industry awards in marketing, including a Cannes Gold Lion. Jane was named as a Profiles in Diversity award winner for her ability to deliver outstanding business results, while leading and advancing a diverse team. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a BS in Journalism where she is inducted into their Hall of Achievement and holds a Cornell Digital Marketing certification.

The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the recent hate crimes and incidents against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including the attack on Vilma Kari are only the latest examples of centuries of racism, brutality, and discrimination against BIPOC people in our country. These events cannot be tolerated. Nor can they be observed in silence. They go against everything we stand for as individuals and as a firm, and they demand a response.

Vestar stands with those who fight against social injustice and condemns the prejudice and inhumanity so brutally demonstrated and clearly witnessed. We have always strived to do the right thing in our everyday business activities, but we realize now that isn’t enough, and we are committed to listening, learning, and doing more.

All of us at Vestar are recommitting to taking steps to effect permanent change. Beyond our longer-term commitments, Vestar has taken immediate steps to make changes within our own operations, including:

i.) Establishing the Equity, Inclusion and Community (“EIC”) Committee, which seeks to promote and provide ongoing educational resources and regular events on topics of anti-racism, equality, and social justice for all employees

ii.) Providing all employees with unconscious bias training

iii.) Conducting anonymous internal surveys to assess employee perceptions of the inclusivity of our culture

iv.) Improving our recruitment and retention initiatives by expanding our pipeline of candidates, conducting off-cycle hiring, and partnering with groups like SEO, a non-profit that provides educational and career programs to underserved and/or under-represented young people, to connect us with talented undergraduates for internships at our firm