MidOcean recruits Baxter as operating partner

MidOcean has named Pamela Baxter, a veteran beauty executive, as an operating partner.

MidOcean has named Pamela Baxter, a veteran beauty executive, as an operating partner. Most recently, she co-founded and served as CEO of Bona Fide Beauty Lab, a beauty incubator. Prior to that, Baxter was president and CEO of Beauty Brands at LVMH North America.

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New York, July 8, 2020 – MidOcean Partners (“MidOcean”), a premier New York–based alternative asset manager specializing in middle-market private equity and alternative credit investments, today announced that Pamela Baxter has joined the firm as Operating Partner and Executive Board Member. Baxter, a beauty industry executive with more than 30 years of leadership experience spanning brand building, marketing, distribution, strategy and licensing, will work closely with MidOcean Partner Jonathan Marlow and the MidOcean investment team to further develop and execute the firm’s growth strategy within the beauty, personal care, and health and wellness space.

“Pamela Baxter is well known for her ability to identify transformative opportunities for both established and emerging beauty brands, and then lead those companies to their next level of growth,” said Jonathan Marlow. “We’re extremely confident that her vision, operations expertise and experience working with founder-led startups will help us successfully execute our strategy within the beauty, personal care, and health and wellness space and add not only promising emerging brands to our portfolio, but also ingredient makers and suppliers such as packaging companies and manufacturers.”

MidOcean is focused holistically on the beauty and self-care segment across the entire value chain and is targeting partnerships with brands and suppliers across the skincare, cosmetics, haircare, wellness, men’s grooming, personal hygiene, and beauty devices and technologies categories. The firm has previously invested in Image Skincare, BH Cosmetics, Agilex Fragrances and Waterpik, among other companies in the beauty and personal care space.

“I’ve spent most of my career on the corporate side, but in recent years, I’ve worked with a range of extremely promising indie startup brands through a beauty accelerator,” said Pamela Baxter. “So many of them have excellent products and sound growth strategies, but need funding to get to the next level. MidOcean is the kind of firm that can truly provide what these companies need in terms of capital, knowledge and resources. I feel very fortunate to be joining this team of people who are so passionate about the success of their portfolio companies and who operate with such integrity both personally and professionally.”

Baxter has consistently been at the forefront of change in the luxury beauty industry, leading acquisition ventures and licensing initiatives and advising startups with high potential. She most recently co-founded and served as CEO of Bona Fide Beauty Lab, a beauty incubator that provides funding and mentorship for female founder–led beauty businesses.

Prior to that, Baxter was President and CEO of Beauty Brands at LVMH North America, where she oversaw Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Acqua di Parma and Fresh, as well as Dior Couture in North America and Mexico. Prior to joining LVMH, she spent 23 years at The Estée Lauder Companies, where she led the marketing and sales of Tommy Hilfiger fragrances; product development, marketing and distribution strategy for La Mer; the acquisition of Jo Malone; and served as Global President of the newly formed Specialty Group that included Prescriptives, Jo Malone and La Mer. Baxter is a member of the board of CEW, the FIT Foundation and the FIT Student Advisory Board and serves as a mentor to the Sephora Accelerate Program and Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator Program. She holds a BA from UCLA.

About MidOcean Partners
MidOcean Partners is a premier New York–based alternative asset manager that specializes in middle market private equity and alternative credit investments. Since its inception in 2003, MidOcean Private Equity has managed approximately $4.8 billion of committed capital and has targeted investments in high-quality middle market companies in the consumer and business services sectors. MidOcean Credit Partners was launched in 2009 and currently manages over $7.5 billion across a series of alternative credit strategies, collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), and customized separately managed accounts as of June 30, 2020.