Andrea Abrams is a 25-year retail and real estate veteran with extensive experience in the US and international retail expansion and global real estate acquisitions, development, merchandising and repositioning. Andrea is the founder of Abrams Global and co-founder of Interconnected LLC. She is a tech investor and is currently on the Strategic Advisory Board of retail technology company Guesst Software.
After a long career in the shopping center industry, Andrea founded Abrams Global in 2013 in New York to help retailers, fashion groups and retail real estate owners with their growth strategies. Since launching Abrams Global, Andrea has worked on the international expansion, including partner sourcing, site selection and development strategies, of prominent retailers and fashion brands such as Saint Laurent, The White Company, Regatta, A’GACI, and Lladro, among others, and she has worked on the international merchandising of prominent retail projects in the US, Europe and UK.
Andrea ran US operations for London-based retail agencies Lunson Mitchenall and Time Retail Partners between 2013 and 2016 and provided portfolio-wide merchandising advice to shopping center owners in various parts of the world. As part of her project merchandising work, Andrea joined Triple Five Worldwide Group of Companies in 2017 as an international retail advisor for their new American Dream project in New Jersey.
Andrea is the co-founder of Interconnected LLC alongside former DSquared2 executive Rigo Lora. Interconnected is a business accelerator platform connecting best-in-class businesses with talent and opportunities.
Prior to her work in retail and fashion, Andrea spent a large part of her career in senior positions in development, asset management and acquisitions with US retail REIT General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP), the second largest shopping center owner at the time. As vice president of development and asset management, Andrea was involved in the expansion and operations of a vast portfolio of regional centers, and later in the launch of GGP Ventures/GGP International, to explore investments in service companies and to expand the portfolio abroad with transactions in Turkey, Brazil and Central America.
During her tenure at GGP, Andrea also took over development and asset management responsibilities for a $5 billion land and mixed-use portfolio upon GGP's acquisition of Rouse Companies in 2004, which included the management of prominent master planned communities and town centers such as The Woodlands in Texas, Summerlin in Nevada, South Street Seaport in NYC, and Columbia in Maryland, comprising thousands of acres of land, residential communities, hotels, office buildings, shopping centers and civic space. As part of her work in mixed-use, Andrea led the re-zoning and redevelopment of the 62-acre Ward Village in Honolulu, Hawaii, and served on the Executive Board of The Woodlands Company (TWDC) in Houston, TX, a Joint Venture of GGP and Morgan Stanley at the time.
Andrea is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in the US, where she majored in engineering and architecture. She was the recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi medal and participated in special programs with Cornell University and the Prince of Wales Program. Andrea has been a member of ICSC, BCSC and ULI. She is a frequent speaker on the subject of international retail expansion. She has lived and worked in several countries in Latin America and Europe and is fluent in Spanish and Italian.