Nordstrom CFO Anne Bramman discusses why she chose to step down

Last week, Nordstrom CFO Anne Bramman was amongst the financing chiefs on a panel session that I moderated about the progressing function of CFOs. And today, Bramman talks with me about her newest life upgrade.

After more than 5 years, she has actually chosen to step down from her function as CFO. Nordstrom made the statement on Monday night. I talked to Bramman on Tuesday.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity, but I’m ready to do something different with my career,” she informed me. “I’m really looking to take on the next chapter. I’m not sure what that’s going to look like. I’m going to take a quick sabbatical and spend some time with family and friends.” And at the helm of financing at a retail business, “I’ve never had the holidays off, so I’m really excited by that.”

Although she’s still choosing her next action, “What I am focused on is moving to a company to build and grow a business and a leadership team,” she informed me.

Nordstrom CFO Anne Bramman.

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Bramman will stay with Nordstrom through the reporting of the business’s 3rd quarter 2022 monetary outcomes. Her last day will be Dec. 2. 

“Since she was named CFO in 2017, Anne’s leadership has been vital in helping us in many areas, particularly navigating the numerous challenges of the last few years,” Nordstrom, Inc. CEO Erik Nordstrom stated in a declaration. “As a result of Anne’s guidance through the pandemic, Nordstrom has the financial strength and flexibility to successfully manage through a changing environment.”

Nordstrom reported in August Q2 revenues of $126 million, a boost from $80 million in the very same quarter in 2015. In addition, net sales likewise increased 12% to $3.99 billion, compared to $3.57 billion in 2015 throughout the very same duration.

“The retail sector is facing headwinds this holiday season and into 2023,” Hilding Anderson, head of retail method for North America at Publicis Sapient, a digital consulting business, informed me. “For Nordstrom, they seem well positioned to recognize revenue growth from their core business, and have a strong holiday season on the backs of higher-income consumers, although their Nordstrom Rack business will see higher discounts and lower velocity.” 

‘Leave it better than you found it’

Bramman states she had actually been considering the choice for a while, however felt now was the time to step down. “I’ve been having conversations with Erik and Pete,” she described. “I felt a couple of things. One, the company, financially, was in a solid position. We’ve really gotten ourselves into a good situation coming out of the pandemic. The cash flows are strong.”

From a monetary health viewpoint, Nordstrom remains in “a great place to weather the storms out there,” Bramman states. “We’re coming off a couple of good quarters,” she states. “We’ve maintained our guidance for the second half of the year.”

Bramman likewise thought her group was prepared to continue Nordstrom’s momentum. “I’ve worked really hard to build a team, and it’s never been stronger,” she states. In specific, Bramman has actually been working to establish Michael Maher, Nordstrom’s SVP and primary accounting officer, to handle interim functions, she states. “I felt like the company was in good hands as they thought through what they wanted in the next CFO position.” Maher was designated interim CFO upon Bramman’s departure. Nordstrom has actually started an internal and external look for an irreversible financing chief.

Looking back at her 5 and a half years on the task, “I certainly saw some things I never thought I would see, and took on some challenges,” Bramman informed me. Flexibility was essential.

“I was on my fourth day on the job, and Blake Nordstrom pulled me aside and said, ‘The family’s thinking about maybe going private.’ So, that was week one.” But Nordstrom ended up staying public. The brand name, the culture, the client focus, and a business slogan, “‘Leave it better than you found it,’ are all pieces that I’m going to take with me no matter where I go,” Bramman states. 

I asked her what she’ll do on her very first main day of rest. “I’m a triathlete,” she states. “I completed my tenth Half Ironman a couple of months ago. I’ve done Ironmans as well. So, I suspect it will probably be something around biking, cycling, or running.”

See you tomorrow.

Sheryl Estrada

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Big offer

In the 3rd quarter of 2022, M&A activity continued to reduce in the U.S. and Canada, according to a report by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Less than 4,700 offers were revealed in the U.S. and Canada in between July and September. It’s the most affordable number because the 2nd quarter of 2020 throughout the beginning of COVID-19, the research study discovered. The overall deal worth was $255.48 billion, down 58.4% year over year and 44.6% lower than in Q2, S&P Global Market Intelligence kept in mind.

Courtesy of S&P Global Market Intelligence

Going much deeper

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