Stacey Widlitz is President & Chief International Store Hunter of SW Retail Advisors and a leading retail expert with more than 20 years' experience analyzing global brands and retailers. SW advises financial institutions in the US and Europe as well as corporates. Unlike traditional sell side research which covers global companies from a single geography SW Retail has resources on the ground in Europe and the US providing a local perspective. SW combines proprietary data (conversion rates, traffic, promotional data), grass roots research, traditional financial analysis and an unedited, conflict-free opinion. Stacey has also been a CNBC TV Retail Analyst since 2011.
Splitting her time between London and NYC, Stacey is known as the International Store Hunter. After more than a decade as a senior equity analyst covering retail on the sell side at several investment banks, Stacey founded SW Retail Advisors in 2011. The firm, with offices in London and New York City, provides retail market intelligence and analysis to investment institutions and corporations as they seek to understand the competitive dynamics of brands/retailers expanding outside their home borders. SW provides a unique, on-the-ground perspective from the US and Europe, analyzing retailers that have gone across the pond in search of growth. Stacey is also an active angel investor in the Consumer and Fintech space. She is on the Board of Secret Spa, a leading in home spa service provider in the UK.
Prior to 2011, Stacey held senior equity research positions for more than a decade at several Wall Street firms including UBS, Cowen, Fulcrum Partners and Pali Capital. Stacey started her career as a buyer for a major department store.
Stacey was voted top 15 Retail Influencer on twitter for the past 3 years. You can follow her @StaceyRetail.