Steve Danker has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of Information Technology. He has been involved in a number of successful startups and turnarounds. His expertise is in IT Strategic Planning, IT Governance, Program Management, IT Sourcing, IT and Business Integration, IT Assessments, Organizational Design and Operational Excellence. Steve has extensive experience in the retail, process manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, broadcasting, media and direct marketing industries. He has been an award winner from ComputerWorld and CIO magazine and has been the principal driver of business and IT transformation in numerous companies and industries.
As Interim CIO for Lubrication Technologies, Inc., Steve transformed both the enterprise and IT organizations for this large petrochemical manufacturing and distribution company. He led the rebuilding of the company’s mission critical business processes, development of the company’s first IT strategy and road map, the implementation of IT governance and the reorganization of the overall IT structure. Additionally, he restructured the processes for integrating acquired businesses, developing new products, and launched new ecommerce capabilities. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Steve was responsible for integrating the IT strategy and architecture to strategic enterprise initiatives.
Steve also served as the interim CIO for Enterprise Photography Group, a unit of Raymond James. He assumed responsibility for a troubled business integration, established a governance model, set clear accountabilities, and developed the company’s first IT strategy and road map. He rebuilt IT’s reputation by openly communicating and collaborating with senior management to establish priorities. He then led the execution of projects to meet their expectations. Steve’s efforts included leading core business process development and measurement, migration of the company’s core infrastructure, integration of multiple business systems, implementation of a new business intelligence solution, and a redesign of the company’s primary selling vehicle, a new business to consumer electronic commerce system. These efforts contributed to the company’s transformation from a struggling organization to a high growth and highly profitable enterprise.
As the Sr. VP for IS and Strategy for Christopher and Banks, an 800 store national apparel retailer, Steve created the company's first business and IT strategic plans and road maps. He also launched IT governance processes to allocate spending to business needs, implemented critical technologies, and rebuilt IT operations to reduce costs and improve IT-business alignment.
As SVP & CTO at NAL Worldwide, Steve created the IT strategy, led several major IT initiatives to create operating environments, develop integrated systems and to position the IT organization for greater efficiency and cost savings.
He also served as General Manager for the Technology Services division of NAL.
Steve led the turnaround of a failed Oracle ERP implementation as SVP & CIO at ValueVision Media (ShopNBC). He created a robust IT governance structure, energized the IT organization, and deploying systems, which provided the foundation for annualized growth of 20%. Steve was also responsible for logistics and customer service at ValueVision's electronic commerce business unit.
Prior to ValueVision, Steve was the founding CIO at Waldo's Dolar Mart de Mexico, a startup retail company that grew to annual sales $500+ Million in less than two years. As CIO at Musicland Stores Corporation, he focused on significant operational improvements, IT strategy, cost takeouts, organizational re-design, outsourcing, and electronic commerce.
Steve was the first IT associate and CIO for Boston Chicken, where he led the creation and implementation of all IT planning, development, integration, operations and support processes for Boston Market, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and Noah's New York Bagels.
Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drake University.