Investment Team
Stephen Gold

Senior Advisor

Stephen J. Gold serves as the Executive Vice President, CTO and Chief Digital Operations Officer of Hudson’s Bay Company. Steve is a seasoned senior technology executive, business leader and digital pioneer, with a strong track record in the successful design, implementation, operation and support of large-scale technology initiatives and associated businesses. At Hudson’s Bay Company, Steve oversees digital product strategy and development, systems architecture, product engineering and operations. Steve previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and member of the Executive Committee of CVS Health. In this role, Steve operated as the company’s senior technology executive, responsible for all information systems and technology operations including the digital business, as well as client service operations within the company. Steve also previously held the roles at Avaya, Inc. as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Steve holds Corporate Director roles at Verint and World Fuel Services and sits on the technology advisory boards of SkyRepublic, Kazuhm and Analytics Ventures. Steve is also a member of the College of Professional Studies Advisory Board of St. John’s University. As a thought leader in the technology community, Steve is active at industry conferences, frequently participating as a keynote speaker, and is often quoted as a subject matter expert in publications.

The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the recent hate crimes and incidents against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including the attack on Vilma Kari are only the latest examples of centuries of racism, brutality, and discrimination against BIPOC people in our country. These events cannot be tolerated. Nor can they be observed in silence. They go against everything we stand for as individuals and as a firm, and they demand a response.

Vestar stands with those who fight against social injustice and condemns the prejudice and inhumanity so brutally demonstrated and clearly witnessed. We have always strived to do the right thing in our everyday business activities, but we realize now that isn’t enough, and we are committed to listening, learning, and doing more.

All of us at Vestar are recommitting to taking steps to effect permanent change. Beyond our longer-term commitments, Vestar has taken immediate steps to make changes within our own operations, including:

i.) Establishing the Equity, Inclusion and Community (“EIC”) Committee, which seeks to promote and provide ongoing educational resources and regular events on topics of anti-racism, equality, and social justice for all employees

ii.) Providing all employees with unconscious bias training

iii.) Conducting anonymous internal surveys to assess employee perceptions of the inclusivity of our culture

iv.) Improving our recruitment and retention initiatives by expanding our pipeline of candidates, conducting off-cycle hiring, and partnering with groups like SEO, a non-profit that provides educational and career programs to underserved and/or under-represented young people, to connect us with talented undergraduates for internships at our firm