Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor
With over 15 years of international experience in luxury goods, retail and finance, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor of Gilt, is on the forefront of revolutionizing and innovating the landscape of luxury e-commerce and experiences.
Together with her co-founders, Alexandra took Gilt from a start-up idea to a more mature global enterprise. She assumed multiple roles in merchandising, sales, business development, brand relations and strategic alliances within Gilt and Gilt City over a period of seven years, initially serving as Chief Merchandising Officer. Today, Alexandra acts as Strategic Advisor to Gilt.
Prior to co-founding Gilt in 2007, Alexandra managed retail operations at Bulgari, overseeing 15 North American stores. Before working at Bulgari, Alexandra managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America. She had previously worked for retail guru Marvin Traub at Financo Inc. Alexandra began her career working for 3 years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch.
Alexandra holds a B.A. from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She speaks five languages and has studied, lived, and worked internationally in Latin America, Europe, and Japan.
Alexandra is on the Board of Directors of Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq: PERY). She serves on the non-profit boards of: Dress for Success Worldwide, The National Retail Federation Foundation, Women's Forum, Inc and Fashion Group International. She is an active fundraiser for her alma maters The Brearley School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Harvard University.
Passionate about entrepreneurship, Alexandra is entrenched in the New York City start up community as an advisor, mentor and angel. Alexandra is a Mentor for Techstars and Liberty Media's Women's eCommerce Network (WeCN). She is an Advisory Board Member for the Harvard Business School Rock 100 Entrepreneurs Summit and is also on the Entrepreneur Board of Venture for America.
Alexandra, together with Gilt co-founder Alexis Maybank, 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).