Jan Rogers Kniffen is a consultant to investors in retail companies and a former retail executive.
Kniffen is currently CEO of J Rogers Kniffen WWE, a firm that consults with long funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, and private equity firms as they make decisions regarding investments in retailers. In 2016, Kniffen launched 'Retail Talk with Jan,' a quarterly panel discussion featuring leading figures in retail and the retail real estate industry discussing retail trends, events in retailing, and the future of retailing.
Kniffen spent twenty years as a senior executive at The May Department Stores, a company operating Lord & Taylor, Filene's, Fox, Hecht's, May-Cohen's, Robinson's of Florida, Sibley's, Horne's, Kaufman's, Foley's, Marshall Field's, Famous Barr, ZCMI, Goldwater's, May D&F, The Denver, Meier and Frank, Robinson's, Strawbridge's, Thalhimer's, May Company Cleveland, May Company California, May Company Akron, Strauss, Venture, Caldor, Sycamore, Loehmann's, Payless ShoeSource, as well as developing, owning and operating 26 super regional shopping malls.
As SVP Finance and Treasurer Kniffen ran Treasury Operations, Tax, Risk, Investor Relations, Public Relations, Long Range Financial Planning, Acquisition Analysis, Competitor Comparison, and Medical. Kniffen also managed the $3 billion pension, profit sharing and foundation portfolio. Kniffen chartered and was president of the three May National Banks, and president of the insurance subsidiaries of May.
Prior to May, Kniffen spent two years reporting to the treasurer of Icahn and Company and doing acquisitions and divestitures with Carl Icahn's organization.
Kniffen grew up in Cairo, Illinois. He majored in English at the University of Illinois, received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University,an M.B.A. in finance from Lindenwood University, and did doctoral work in finance at St.Louis University.