My name is Marian Gibbon. A strategic and financial advisor, I help business leaders create growth plans for their companies. In partnership with my clients I do three things:

  • Develop high-impact operating strategies
  • Forge visibility-building partnerships
  • Produce sustainable financial roadmaps

A smart thinker, I see patterns and possibility in the external economic climate and in internal operating environments. I accomplish my work by:

  • Weighing macro trends against the structural forces in clients' own industries
  • Conducting diagnostic conversations with management teams, employees, suppliers and investors
  • Assessing business models, capital structure, team and resource needs

Language, visual design, social media and PR are important elements of my tool kit. I am an effective shepherd of process, and I set clear objectives in order to lead teams to successful outcomes against specific goals and deadlines.

I work mostly with clients in the retail, fashion, consumer product and media industries, and I have a keen understanding of the influence of digital technologies—including online and mobile applications—on these sectors. I have also worked with clients in the industrial manufacturing, transportation and aerospace industries.


I have been an Investment Banker with Merrill Lynch and Banc of America Securities' Retail, Apparel and Consumer Products Groups, a Consultant with Ernst & Young’s International Finance Services practice, and I led planning and finance for an e-Commerce start-up. I have lived in France, Italy, Germany and England, and traveled in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. In the 1990’s I edited a book on the unification of Germany, and I have served on the boards of two New York City-based education non-profits. A consistent runner, I am also an intermittent triathlete and snowboarder. 

I hold an MBA in Finance from Wharton, an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in Economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Macalester College.


If you would like to speak with me about how I can help you and your company—or anything I've written here—please be in touch.  

Phone: +1 917 834 5510 / Email: marian {at}