Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
Founder & Head of Strategic Alliances
With over 15 years of international experience in luxury goods, retail, and finance, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is on the forefront of revolutionizing and innovating the landscape of luxury e-commerce. As co-founder of Gilt, Alexandra has taken the company from a start-up to a more mature global enterprise. She has assumed multiple roles, initially as Chief Merchandising Officer. She is currently Head of Strategic Alliances at Gilt, where she leads a team that develops and executes strategic brand partnerships, business development and complex B2B marketing programs.
Prior to founding Gilt, Alexandra worked in the luxury goods industry. She oversaw retail operations at Bulgari, managing fifteen North American stores. Before Bulgari, she managed leather goods sales planning and supply chain for Louis Vuitton North America. Alexandra began her career working for three years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch, covering telecom, media, and technology companies throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. Alexandra's first job in the retail industry was at Financo, an investment bank dedicated to retail, where she worked as a consultant under the late Marvin Traub, former Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdales.
Alexandra is on the Board of Directors of Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq: PERY).
She serves on the non-profit boards of: The National Retail Federation Foundation, Dress for Success Worldwide, Women's Forum, Inc and Fashion Group International.
Alexandra is an active advisor and mentor for numerous New York City based start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Together with Gilt co-founder Alexis Maybank, Alexandra is the author of The New York Times bestselling book By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop (Portfolio/Penguin).
Alexandra holds a B.A. from Harvard College, from which she graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She speaks five languages and is a member of YPO (Young Presidents' Organization).