Ed Heffernan

Edward J. “Ed” Heffernan ’86
President and CEO, Alliance Data Systems, Texas

Ed Heffernan is the president and chief executive officer of Alliance Data Systems Corporation, a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions. He joined Alliance Data in May 1998 as vice president of mergers and acquisitions, then became executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2000, leading the company’s initial public offering in 2001. Since going public, Alliance Data has ranked in the top one percent of companies in terms of shareholder return, and the stock has gained over 2,000 percent. As a leader, Mr. Heffernan has championed the company’s corporate giving efforts, stressing the importance of delivering beyond financial performance in order to maintain the company’s reputation as a responsible corporate citizen.

An advocate for children’s health and education, Mr. Heffernan serves on the board of directors of Children’s Medical Center and on the board and Long-Range Planning Committee of the Shelton School, a private school for children with learning differences in Dallas, TX. Mr. Heffernan holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is married with two children.