Our Team

Kevin Yttre

President and Managing Director

Kevin Yttre, President and Managing Director, heads day-to-day management at Grace Matthews and leads execution of buy-side, sell-side, and complex corporate carve-outs across all sectors of the specialty materials and chemical industry. A chemical engineer, Kevin held a number of engineering and management positions in chemicals businesses in the U.S. and the Netherlands prior to joining Grace Matthews. At ICI’s Uniqema Specialty Chemicals Business, Kevin was part of the team that was responsible for designing and implementing process improvements and control systems, including the design and commissioning of a four-reactor chemicals facility in New Castle, Delaware. He subsequently held a marketing role at Uniqema’s Gouda, Netherlands site, and ultimately was the Plant Production Manager at the New Castle facility, where he was responsible for the production of over 90 specialty chemical products.

Kevin holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. degree, with Highest Distinction, in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. At Madison, Kevin was awarded the Kurt F. Wendt Memorial Scholarship for outstanding performance as an engineering student and the Kowalke-Harr Teamwork Award and was also named a Dalhke Scholar and Colbeck Scholar. In 2022, Kevin was recognized as an Early Career Award recipient from the College of Engineering at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison.  Kevin was also awarded the prestigious national M&A Advisor Emerging Leader Award in 2016, for his contributions to the investment banking industry.

Kevin has been an officer of the Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin and has been an active member of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA), The Water Council, and The Association of Water Technologies (AWT).

Speaking Engagements

Finding Business with Commercial Intelligence and Best Practices
SOCMA Summit Conference & Annual Meeting
November 2023

Insights to M&A in Chemical and Materials Industry
The Chemical Show Podcast
June 2023

Chemicals M&A: Strategies and Best Practices
CSMC Annual Meeting
September 2022

M&A Valuation Panel
SOCMA’s Specialty & Custom Chemicals Show
March 2022

Business Valuation & Business Succession
Presentation to Confidential Client’s Customer Group
September 2021

Keys of Successful Dealmaking
ILMA Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association
June 2021

M&A: Finding Opportunity in Uncertainty
IHS Chemical Week | Online
November 2020

Specialty Chemicals: The Art of the Hybrid Deal
SOCMA | Online
November 2020

Planning an Exit Strategy: Getting Your Feet Wet
Association of Water Technologies | Online
August 2019

Creating Value With Chemical Carve-Outs
IHS Chemical Week | Online
August 2016

Features & Articles

“Through years of experience, Grace Matthews’ professionals have established reputations for creative problem solving and for managing the sensitive, personal issues that accompany engagements.”
– Kevin Yttre

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