Gilbert Harrison

Notable Retail Dealmaker, Chairman of Harrison Group, Founder of Financo

Gilbert Harrison

Gilbert W. Harrison is the Chairman of Harrison Group, Inc., a New York based consulting firm. He is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Financo, where he retired after 47 years.

As one of the industry's premier dealmakers, Mr. Harrison and his team have orchestrated hundreds of merger, acquisition, divestiture and financing deals for retail, apparel, footwear and personal care clients.

Mr. Harrison received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania in 1962 and his Juris Doctor from The University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1965. From 1965 through 1971, he practiced corporate and securities law in New York and Philadelphia. He is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Florida, and is a member of the American Arbitration Association.

He is a member of the Board of Advisors and Executive Committee of The Peggy Guggenheim Collection of the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation in Venice. Mr. Harrison is presently a member of the Board of the Southampton Hospital and the Treasurer of the Southampton Hospital Foundation. He is one of the founders of the Retail and Apparel Leadership Group of UJA-Federation of New York and is the Chairman of the CEO Fashion Forum. He also served the Wharton School Undergraduate Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania for eighteen years, was one of the founders and original member of the Board of the Penn Club of New York, Co-Chairman of the Board of The Educational Foundation of the Fashion Institute of Technology and served as a member of the Board of Directors of American Apparel Footwear Association for several years.