Jan R. Kniffen spent 20 years with The May Department Stores Company (May) in various operating and financial roles, most recently as Senior Vice President Finance and Treasurer with responsibility for treasury operations, long-range financial planning, competitor analysis, investor relations, tax, communications and risk management.
Mr. Kniffen was also President of May National Bank which issued consumer credit to May’s 130 million retail customers. In addition, he was president of May’s captive insurance subsidiaries.
Mr. Kniffen joined May in 1985 in order to execute the acquisition of Associated Dry Goods in 1986 which, at the time, was the largest retail acquisition in history. Following that he was also responsible for the Foley’s and Filene’s acquisitions, the spin-off of Venture Stores, the sale of Caldor, the spin-off of Payless Shoe Source (now Collective Brands), as well as the funding of many smaller acquisitions over a twenty year period.
Prior to joining May, Mr. Kniffen spent two years reporting to the treasurer of Icahn & Co. doing acquisitions and divestitures for Carl Icahn’s organization.
Mr Kniffen majored in English at the University of Illinois. Mr. Kniffen holds a B.S. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University and a M.B.A. in Finance from Lindenwood University. Mr. Kniffen did his doctoral work in Finance at St. Louis University.