AlixPartners’ Lisa Donahue named to Crain’s Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting list

29 September 2020

NEW YORK (September 29, 2020) - AlixPartners, the global consulting firm, announced today that Lisa Donahue, Global Joint Head of Turnaround & Restructuring Services, has been named to Crain’s annual list of Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting.

The list recognizes women in the New York City metropolitan area based on their career accomplishments, their mentorship of others, and their involvement in nonprofits and community organizations. Crain’s selected women who are advising their clients on critical financial matters—and often having an impact that extends far beyond the New York City’s borders.

In her role as a turnaround specialist, Lisa performs operational and financial transformations for companies with complex business issues, bringing them out of distressed situations and positioning them for future growth and success. Lisa began her career at AlixPartners in 1998, and during the ensuing years has regularly served as CRO, CEO, CFO, and restructuring advisor. She is sought by clients globally to manage urgent situations involving complex financial, contractual, operational, and legal structures. Lisa has been involved in the highest profile restructurings and transformations over the last two decades, including Westinghouse Electric Company and Puerto Rico Electric Power. Currently, she is advising AeroMexico airlines through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.

Lisa uses her influence to promote the advancement of women, not only in restructuring, but in broader professional and humanitarian contexts. She is the executive sponsor of AlixPartners’ Women’s Empowerment Employee Resource Group and sits on the Senior Leadership Council of Her Justice and is a member of International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).

Lisa supports organizations whose mission is to give back to NYC communities. In 2019, she was awarded the “St. Francis Award” from Catholic Renewal in association with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, awarded to members of the restructuring community who have demonstrated a standard of selfless integrity and charity. She is involved with the American Red Cross, Greater New York Chapter, previously serving on the board and as a founding member of the Tiffany Circle, a community of women leaders who advance the Red Cross humanitarian mission. In May 2020, Lisa was awarded the “Women Who Lead Founders Award,” given to leaders who exemplify the Red Cross mission to bring change to NYC. Lisa also sits on the board of The Nucleus Group, a Brooklyn-based organization that helps commercial businesses, NGOs, and nonprofits develop strategies for addressing humanitarian issues. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, the New York-based nonpartisan membership organization and think tank.

“We congratulate Lisa on this well-deserved recognition,” said AlixPartners CEO Simon Freakley. “What truly sets Lisa apart is her innate ability to connect with people. She builds consensus and drives to sensible outcomes by blending her own instinct, intellect, and creativity with a willingness to listen to constituents on all sides of the negotiating table.

“While turnarounds and restructurings are high-stakes situations—often the stakeholders have everything on the line—Lisa always accepts the challenge to provide needed leadership during these times of unprecedented disruption and devises innovative solutions to preserve value and jobs,” he added.

About AlixPartners

AlixPartners is a results-driven global consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses successfully address their most complex and critical challenges. Our clients include companies, corporate boards, law firms, investment banks, private equity firms, and others. Founded in 1981, AlixPartners is headquartered in New York and has offices in more than 20 cities around the world. For more information, visit