Allison joined ICR in 2002 and has been influential in growing the firm’s consumer practice. She combines deep capital markets experience with vast knowledge of the consumer, retail and accessories sectors. She has been highly effective in unlocking shareholder value for clients through the articulation of concise corporate strategies to investors and analysts that are transparent and consistent over time. Uncovering what Wall Street may misunderstand and eliminating the element of surprise in preparation for earnings calls and other events are among her core competencies.
At ICR, Allison has led investor relations programs for companies in transition from pre-IPO to public, including J.Crew and Ulta Beauty. She was instrumental in creating programs that introduced US shareholders to Signet Jewelers, expanded DSW’s investor base and created the platform for Jarden and Helen of Troy to gain exposure on Wall Street. She has provided strategic counsel to help companies navigate turnarounds and industry challenges. She has worked on several corporate management changes, missed earnings issues, acquisitions and divestitures, lawsuits and shareholder activism cases.
Prior to joining ICR, Allison served as Director of Investor Relations for a publicly traded footwear company. Earlier, she was the Director of Equity Research at UBS and Warburg Dillon Read, where she provided sell-side coverage of the apparel, footwear and textile industries. At these firms, she assisted on several equity and debt offerings with industry leaders such as Genesco, Kenneth Cole Productions, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Previously, Allison was a buy-side retail analyst for Evergreen Asset Management. She began her career as an associate portfolio manager and retail analyst for Shearson Lehman. Allison received a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland at College Park and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).