Maribeth Gainard

Global collaborative leader ǀ e-commerce ǀ capital markets ǀ finance

New York, NY

How does this work?

Global collaborative leader with unique combination of experience in e-commerce, capital markets and financial auditing at EY, Barclays and Freshfields. Start-up experience at venture-backed, omnichannel platform focused on women’s apparel. Former CFO of €800M e-commerce and logistics division of Otto Group (3SI) with 21 business units, 4500+ employees in 10 countries. Implemented complex company-wide operational and financial restructuring. Managed key personnel at headquarters. Responsible for all finance and legal functions. M&A experience. Board Member of Women in Innovation (WiN) non-profit. Lived and worked in Germany, England, France, Mali. Member of NY and DC Bars. Fulbright Fellow, Rotary World Peace Fellow, Bosch Fellow. Penn/Wharton undergrad, Huntsman Program. Sciences Po Paris Masters in Economics and International Relations. JD Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. MBA Kellogg School of Management.

Work experience

Sep 2019 - Present

WIN: Women in Innovation

Board Member

WiN is a non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in innovation. WiN represents women (and anyone identifying as a woman) who are championing innovation in their work — at companies and organizations large and small. Member of audit and finance committee responsible for overseeing all steps small and large necessary for creating a viable finance function at a growing non-profit. Also serving as Board Secretary.


Feb 2019 - Mar 2020

Adore Me

VP Product to Market

Jan 2019 - Dec 2019

The Economic Club of New York



Dec 2015 - Dec 2017

Otto Group

CFO of the 3SI Group (a division of the Otto Group)


Apr 2014 - Dec 2015

Otto Group

VP Strategy and Chief of Staff to CEO of the 3SI Group (a division of the Otto Group)


Aug 2013 - Apr 2014

Barclays Investment Bank

Equity Capital Markets Legal

Client Secondment


Oct 2011 - Apr 2014

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Associate, US Corporate Group

Advised issuers and underwriters on equity and debt capital markets transactions including IPOs, rights issues, open offers and high yield, Yankee and Eurobonds.


Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Summer Associate, US Corporate Group

May 2009 - Aug 2009

U.S. District Courts

Judicial Extern to The Honorable Robert M. Dow Jr., Northern District of Illinois


Jun 2007 - May 2008

Robert Bosch Stiftung

Bosch Fellow

Selected as one of 20 American young professionals to spend one year working in Berlin, Germany at the Federal Foreign Office’s (Auswärtiges Amt) division on Economic, Social & Development Policy and the think tank, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi).

Dec 2005 - May 2007

Ernst & Young LLP

Financial Auditing and Transaction Advisory Services

Analyzed and verified clients’ financial statements and internal control processes. Worked in US GAAP, French GAAP, IFRS and on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Examples of audit clients: France Telecom, JC Decaux, BP.


Sep 2005 - Nov 2005


Intern, Executive Board

Jun 2005 - Aug 2005

Ifri - Institut français des relations internationales

Events Coordinator, French Center on the US

Oct 2002 - Aug 2003

The Fulbright Program

Fulbright Fellow at various microfinance institutions in Bamako, Mali

Fulbright Fellowship to Bamako, Mali to pursue independent research on microfinance. Worked primarily with local savings and loan institution, Jigiyaso Ba.


2009 - 2011

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

MBA, Finance, Management, International Business & Markets

2008 - 2011

Northwestern University School of Law

JD, cum laude, Concentration in International Law

2003 - 2005

Institut d'Etudes politiques de Paris

Master and Master Recherche (DEA), International Affairs, Economics of International Relations

1998 - 2002

University of Pennsylvania

BA, Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business, magna cum laude with distinction in French

1998 - 2002

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

BS, Economics, Concentration in Business and Public Policy, magna cum laude

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