Speaker Profile

Kathy O'Brien
Vice President, Skin and Marketing Services / Unilever North America

Kathy O’Brien is vice president of skin and marketing services for Unilever North America.  She is responsible for overseeing Shopper Marketing, Marketing Communications, Hispanic and Low Income Consumers, Digital/e-Commerce and Marketing Capabilities.   She also has brand building leadership responsibilities for AXE®,  Dove®, Caress®, Lever 2000®, Suave®, Simple®, Vaseline®, Pond’s® and Q-tips®. Ms. O’Brien has enormous experience across the company’s Foods and Personal Care portfolios, including her time as marketing director for the Dove brand, the leading personal wash brand in the United States, where she was responsible for building brand equity and executing brand activation.  During her tenure on Dove, Ms. O’Brien led programs that helped the brand achieve its initial goal of reaching 5 million girls with self-esteem programs. The Dove brand continues to help millions of young people improve their self-esteem and body confidence through educational programs. Kathy was honored as a Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer Magazine in 2012 and as one of Advertising Age’s 25 Women to Watch in 2010. Kathy holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College and an MBA from Columbia University.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Network of Executive Women (NEW) and Cosmetic Executive Women.