Ed Gribbin is the founder and CEO of Gribbin Strategic LLC,
a boutique consultancy focused on the apparel/fashion sector and offering
services in the areas of growth strategy, business development, branding and
marketing, product development and supply chain innovation, executive coaching
and change management. Ed is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading
authorities on the apparel industry and serves on numerous global boards
dedicated to the success of the retail, apparel and textile sectors, including
the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the International Apparel
Federation, the Americas Apparel Producers Network and the Sewn Products
Equipment Suppliers of the Americas.
Up until 2018, Ed served as President of Alvanon, Inc., a
leading innovation, technology and consulting firm serving major brands and
retailers. Ed built and led Alvanon teams around the globe helping fashion
industry clients develop and implement strategies and solutions in disciplines
ranging from marketing and merchandising to product development and supply
chain. Prior to Alvanon, Ed served as President and COO of technology start-up Intellifit
Corporation, where he co-invented the revolutionary Intellifit Body Scanner and
built a data-driven consulting practice based on optimizing apparel fit and
sizing strategy. As Senior Vice President at Angelica Corporation, Ed managed
sales, marketing, design and production for one of the largest corporate-wear
companies in the United States.
Ed is a regular opinion contributor to leading industry
publications, including Apparel Magazine, Sourcing Journal, just-style.com, The
Robin Report, and Fashion United. He has also been featured in the Wall Street
Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, the Melbourne Age, and on the Today Show,
Good Morning America, the Today Show Australia, National Public Radio, BBC One
and BBC Radio 4.
Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St.
Joseph’s University, was a four-time member of the US National Rowing team and
a World Championship medalist; he lives in Merion Station, PA with his wife
Georgianne when he is not on a plane, train or boat.