Yvonne Hao ’95

Yvonne grew up outside of Chicago and was the first in her family to be born in the U.S. Her Chinese parents had come to the U.S. from Taiwan to attend graduate school. Years later, when Yvonne was in high school, a friend mentioned Williams, and Yvonne soon fell in love with the idea of being part of a small, close-knit community.

Yvonne came to Williams planning to major in English, then switched to pre-med and was accepted to Mount Sinai as part of the “Humanities in Medicine” program. Ultimately, though, she decided to double-major in economics and Asian studies. Outside the classroom, Yvonne learned about rowing from an entrymate and became a varsity rower. She served as president of the Chinese-American Students Organization, a member of the JA selection committee, and a co-leader of Phi Beta Kappa, and she founded a multicultural literary magazine and an Asian-American theater group. After graduation, she received an M.Phil degree in development economics from Cambridge University in England on a Herschel Smith Fellowship.

She entered the business world, starting at McKinsey management consulting and moving to Honeywell, where she became general manager of a $2 billion division. In 2008, she joined Bain Capital, eventually becoming an operating partner in their North American Private Equity group, sitting on boards and working closely with CEOs of portfolio companies such as Bombardier Recreational Products, Sensata, and Big Tex. She also held interim CEO and COO roles at D&M and Gymboree, respectively.

In January 2017, Yvonne left Bain to become COO and CFO of online pharmacy Pillpack, drawn by its mission of helping patients stay healthy by adhering to their medication regimens. In this new role she frequently draws on lessons from her Williams education.

Yvonne joined Williams’ Board of Trustees in 2005, and she currently chairs its Faculty & Instruction Committee. She also has been an active volunteer with her class, helping to create its leadership giving program.

She is a Massachusetts board member for Youth Villages, a nonprofit aimed at helping children and families in need. She also serves as an independent board member for Gentherm, a publicly traded company.

Yvonne lives in Cambridge, Mass., with her husband, Mark, and their two daughters, Audrey and Madeleine.