Alexandra Wilkis Wilson has over twelve years of international experience in luxury goods and retail. She is Founder and Chief Merchandising Officer of Gilt Groupe, an innovative online shopping destination that launched in November 2007 and has revolutionized the fashion industry and e-commerce in general.
Gilt Groupe has grown to become a $500 million business. It offers its 5 million members the most coveted brands, including fashion for women, men and children, home décor, hotels and travel experiences on every continent, and unique activities in a growing list of cities and destinations.
Prior to co-founding Gilt Groupe, Alexandra oversaw retail operations at Bulgari, managing 15 North American stores. Before that she managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America. She began her career working for three years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch predominately based in London. She subsequently worked as a consultant for retail guru Marvin Traub at Financo Inc. Alexandra holds a B.A. from Harvard College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Alexandra speaks five languages.
Alexandra has been featured in many print publications including: The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Crain’s, Women’s Wear Daily, The Associated Press, The LA Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Houston Chronicle, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Miami Herald, Vogue, Town and Country, O Magazine, InStyle and several Niche Media magazines. She also makes frequent on-air TV appearances on: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, FOX, Telemundo and E!.
Alexandra is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and events. She is articulate on a range of topics from luxury, to retail, to entrepreneurship, to digital media, to social media. Speaking engagements of note include: Deutsche Bank’s “Women on Wall Street”, Liberty Media’s “Net Leaders Conference”, “Media Dealmakers Summit”, “Ladies Who Launch”, “Women Mean Business”, “New York Entrepreneur Week”, “Womensphere Emerging Leaders Summit”, “Women Entrepreneurs Festival” and “The Business of Fashion” hosted by Republic National Bank. Alexandra has been invited by established corporations including Pepsi to address employees on effective marketing strategies. Alexandra has given lectures or been keynote speaker at conferences at universities including Harvard Business School, Harvard College, Wharton, MIT, Columbia Business School, NYU, Parsons and FIT.
Alexandra has won a number of awards and recognitions including:
Ernst and Young Metro New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award for eCommerce, 2010
Crain's The Next Generation: Emerging Leaders Under 40, 2009
Endeavor Entrepreneur of the Year, 2010
Member of the Vogue 100, since 2009
Ranked #4 of the Silicon Alley 100, 2009
Huffington Post Style Game Changer, 2009
NY Daily News “Fashion’s 50 Most Fashionable", ranked #18, 2010
Voted in top 10 Most Powerful Moms: Entrepreneurs by Working Mother, 2011
Alexandra is involved in not for profits including: Dress for Success, Pro Mujer, Endeavor Global, Robin Hood Foundation. She is an active fundraiser for her alma maters The Brearley School, Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University. Alexandra is on the Board of Fashion Group International. She also serves on several New York start-up Advisory Boards including: Behind the Burner, Rent the Runway, Loosecubes and Birchbox. She is an official mentor for Tech Stars and an unofficial mentor for many budding entrepreneurs. She lives in New York City, her hometown, with her family.