President & Chief Executive Officer
Steve joined Bluestem Brands in December 2012. Prior to Bluestem, Steve was a Senior Officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. where he was most recently the chief executive of Walmart.com U.S. Prior to running Walmart.com, Steve held several executive leadership roles for Walmart.com including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Walmart.com in 2000 as a member of the launch team, Steve spent five years with Ernst & Young, LLP. Steve graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Accounting.
Executive Vice President & President of Credit Services
Jim joined Bluestem Brands in August 2016. For six years prior to Bluestem, Jim was Chief Executive of Credit and Insurance for Edcon Ltd., southern Africa’s largest non-food retail group, which is owned by Bain Capital in Johannesburg, South Africa. Edcon managed 3.5 million in-store cards, accounting for nearly 50% of group retail sales. For nearly 20 years prior to Edcon, Jim held executive leadership roles for GE Capital in banking and insurance, as well as consumer-finance businesses in general management, operations, and financial roles in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Jim graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Finance.
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Pete joined Bluestem Brands in July 2017. Prior to Bluestem, Pete was the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Christopher & Banks. Before he joined Christopher & Banks in 2012, Pete served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Whitehall Jewelers. From 2001 to 2006, Pete was the Chief Financial Officer at Wilsons Leather; from 1998 to 2001, he was the Head of Information Services at U.S. Bancorp. Pete served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Fingerhut Companies for three years in the 1990s, after having spent over 16 years at Household International. Pete graduated from DePaul University with a BS in Accounting.
Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Jackie joined Bluestem Brands in November 2017. Before Bluestem, Jackie was Vice President of Home Office Human Resources and Talent Acquisition for J.C. Penney in Plano, TX. Jackie has held several human resources executive positions including Chief Human Resources Officer at Archway Marketing, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at G&K Services, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Marshall Field’s/Macy’s, as well as positions of increasing responsibility over 18 years with Marshall Field’s, a former division of Target Corporation. She also was President of Punch HR Consulting, LLC. Jackie graduated from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) with a BA in Public Relations/Journalism.
Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Craig Joined Bluestem Brands in May 2015. For four years prior to Bluestem, Craig led engineering and operations for the World Payments division of Digital River, supporting a global ecommerce acceptance network handling $35 billion a year. Prior to that, Craig lead product management, engineering and analytics teams supporting financial services decision support technologies at Fair Isaac and HNC Software. Craig is a strong advocate for Agile methodologies, and has led the introduction of Agile across engineering and business intelligence at a number of companies. Craig has a PhD in Computer Science from Curtin University, and a double major in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Melbourne.