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. Alexandra was Head of National Sales for Gilt City. She is currently Head of Strategic Alliances at Gilt, where she leads a team that develops and executes strategic brand partnerships and complex B2B 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 Marvin Traub, former Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdales.
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) and Women's Forum, Inc.
Alexandra serves as a member of the Board of Directors of three not-for-profits: Dress for Success Worldwide, Fashion Group International, and the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York. She is passionate about philanthropy and is also involved in other charities including: Pro Mujer, Endeavor Global, and the Robin Hood Foundation. She is an active fundraiser for her alma maters The Brearley School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Harvard University. She is a mentor for Tech Stars and advises New York City based start-ups and budding entrepreneurs.
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).