Gillian Munson

Chief Financial Officer, XO Group Inc.

Gillian Munson joined XO Group in November 2013 from Allen & Company LLC, where she was Managing Director leading the firm’s principal investing and outreach activities with early stage technology-oriented companies. Munson was also a Vice President, Business Development at Symbol Technologies from 2003 to 2007, aiding in the company’s multibillion dollar turnaround, M&A processes, strategy, and eventual sale and integration with Motorola. Prior, Munson was an Executive Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Morgan Stanley, where she covered the mobile, storage and personal computing sectors. Munson began her career as a Research Associate at Hambrecht & Quist.

Describe a moment that could’ve broken you, but didn’t. How did you get past the struggle?
Too many to count, mostly around being pushed aside by more aggressive people than me. Over time, I have learned to roll with things but mostly have internalized that with my family by my side, there is little to lose…so I should go for it and stand up for myself.  

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Never be afraid to ask for what you need.

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
My daughter.  She is my everything!  Wise beyond her years, happy, full of love, and able to make any situation into a dance party.   

If you could create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
Kick the door open and move forward!

How do you define your purpose & mission in life?
My little family is enough purpose for me. But my mission is to never sit still by learning every day.