Alexia Howard is the Analyst covering U.S. foods at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC. She was named to Institutional Investor’s All-America Research Team from 2008 to 2015. Before joining Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC, Ms. Howard was a Consultant with Marakon Associates, working with leaders of consumer products companies and retailers to develop strategies, improve organizational capabilities and allocate resources to enhance shareholder value. She has more than 10 years of consulting experience based in London, Continental Europe, Chicago and on the West Coast. Her experiences in the food and beverage sectors have included developing corporate acquisition strategies, optimizing the allocation of marketing spend across regions and media types, embedding strategic decision-making capabilities and streamlining product portfolios. Ms. Howard earned her B.A. with honors in economics at the University of Cambridge, England, in 1991, and her MBA from INSEAD, France, in 1998.