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Allison Grant Williams

Allison Grant Williams

Allison Grant Williams serves as Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Marketing of Northern Trust’s Exchange Traded Funds Group.  She is responsible for overall business administration for the ETF Group, including financial planning and budgeting, senior management reporting, human resource processes, technology project management, as well as ETF marketing planning and execution.  As a career institutional investment management professional, Allison is a member of the senior management team responsible for the growth and profitability of Northern Trust’s FlexShares ETF business unit. 

 Prior to joining Northern Trust in January 2011, Allison was President of Grant Partners, a business strategy and organizational development firm which provided consulting services to investment advisory and private equity firms, including strategic planning, marketing communications and business development.  Previously she served as Executive Vice President for Holland Capital Management, a U.S. equity and fixed income institutional asset management firm, and Executive Vice President of Capri Capital Advisors, a real estate investment firm.  From 1987 to 2001 Allison was a Director and Partner with UBS Asset Management/Brinson Partners, Inc., a global investment management firm where she was responsible for institutional client relationships, and held national business development as well as consultant management responsibilities.  She also held positions with Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a sales associate covering exchange traded financial futures and options (New York and Chicago), and The First National Bank of Chicago as a commercial lending relationship manager. 

 Allison is a native Chicagoan, and attended Chicago Public Schools as a youngster.  Both she and her husband, Darrell A. Williams, have dedicated their volunteer and charitable work to educational organizations.  Allison and Darrell live in the Kenwood/Hyde Park community along with their son Maxwell.  Allison holds an A.B. in English Literature from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Hyde Park Development Corporation, Harvard Business School Club of Chicago as well as the HBSCC Charitable Fund.