Deluxe's executive leadership team and board members play a vital role in maintaining the success of our organization and guiding the company to new levels of growth and achievement. Through their experience, dedication and vision, they continue to build on a solid foundation that drives the success of our customers, employees, investors, vendors and communities.
Meet our executive leadership team.
Chief Executive Officer, Deluxe Corp.
Lee Schram was named CEO of Deluxe in April 2006. Since then, he has led a transformation initiative to significantly reposition Deluxe from primarily a check printer to a marketing solutions and other services provider. Under his leadership, Deluxe has increased digital services, grown e-commerce, expanded the channels that sell Deluxe products and services, and acquired many companies that serve the online marketing needs of small businesses and financial institutions. Lee began his professional career with NCR Corporation in 1983 where he held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility that included both domestic and international assignments. He served as corporate controller, chief financial officer for the 80% of NCR’s businesses, and then general manager of the Payment & Imaging Solutions segment. His last position prior to joining Deluxe was senior vice president of the Retail Solutions segment where he was instrumental in transforming this technology business which was the heritage of the company.
Lee holds a bachelor's in accounting and finance from Miami (Ohio) University and a master's in business administration from the University of Dayton.
Treasurer, Vice President of Investor Relations and Interim Chief Financial Officer Deluxe Corporation
Ed Merritt joined Deluxe Corporation in August of 2013 as Treasurer and Vice President of Investor Relations. In August 2016 he assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer on an interim basis and became a member of Deluxe’s executive leadership team.
Prior to joining Deluxe, Ed spent six years at Digital River, Inc., a Minneapolis-based technology company. At Digital River, he held the position of Vice President of Corporate Development, Treasury and Investor Relations. Before Digital River, Ed spent over 20 years at Dallas-based JCPenney Company, Inc. in Dallas, Salt Lake City and Pittsburgh. At JCPenney, Ed held roles including, Director of Corporate Planning, Director of Merchandise Planning, Investor Relations Director, and Business Process Development Director among others.
Ed has his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Michael Mathews joined Deluxe in May, 2013 as Vice President, Chief Information Officer and member of the Executive Leadership Team. Before joining Deluxe, Michael was Senior Vice President of Strategy & Enterprise Programs at UnitedHealth Group in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His prior experience includes Merrill Lynch where he was the Global Head of Strategy & Delivery for Operations Services & Technology in the Private Wealth business unit. At Merrill Lynch, he also served as the global head of Six Sigma. Earlier in his career, Michael held leadership positions with Unilever, A. T. Kearney and Claremont Technology Group. He also founded and served as CEO of The Infology Group, a boutique management consulting company.
Michael holds a degree in business administration, marketing and decision sciences from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Senior Vice President, Small Business Services, Deluxe Corp.
In May 2008, Malcolm joined Deluxe as senior vice president and chief information and technology officer. He became senior vice president of Small Business Services in February 2011. Before joining Deluxe, he spent 18 years with NCR Corporation where he held a number of positions with increasing responsibility in locations throughout Europe and the United States. During his time at NCR, Malcolm held leadership roles within Professional Services, Information Technology and Operations, most recently serving as vice president of Operations for the Retail, Hospitality and Self Service division. He began his career in 1986 with Lucas Aerospace and then moved to the United Kingdom affiliate of Merloni Elettrodomestici of Italy.
Malcolm studied in the United Kingdom and holds a bachelor's in manufacturing engineering from Strathclyde University and a master's in manufacturing systems engineering from Warwick University. Additionally, he earned a master's certificate in project management from George Washington University and has Project Management Institute certification (inactive status).
Senior Vice President, Financial Services, Deluxe Corp.
John Filby joined Deluxe in April 2012 as senior vice president of Financial Services and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. John has more than 20 years of experience leading organizations from Fortune 500 brands to start-up companies, with specific expertise in financial technology. In these roles, he has successfully transformed businesses for growth.
Before joining Deluxe, John was president of the Risk & Compliance Division at Fiserv and a member of the operating committee. His prior experience includes serving as CEO and board member for ISD Corporation; president of the Merchant Services Division at InfoSpace; and co-founder, CEO and board member at eCash Technologies. John began his career as an attorney practicing corporate and intellectual property law.
John studied Commerce at Queen’s University. He went on to receive a law degree from the University of Western Ontario and a master's degree in intellectual property law from York University.
Vice President, Direct-to-the-Consumer, Deluxe Corp.
Tracey Engelhardt joined Deluxe in February 1990 as an industrial engineer. In June 2012, she was named vice president for the Direct-to-the-Consumer segment and a member of the executive leadership team.
During her career with Deluxe, Tracey has held a variety of positions in the areas of sales, marketing and operations, including 14 years of experience in the direct-to-the-consumer segment. Most recently, Tracey was the vice president of e-commerce for Deluxe’s Small Business Services, where she had great success leading and achieving strategic growth for the e-commerce business. Prior to joining Deluxe, Tracey worked for Eli Lilly and Company as an industrial engineer.
Tracey received her bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and management sciences from Northwestern University.
General Counsel and Secretary and Senior Vice President, Deluxe Corp.
J. Michael Schroeder joined Deluxe in July 2014 as associate general counsel and assistant secretary. He was promoted to his current role of senior vice president, general counsel and secretary in March 2016. Prior to this, Michael Schroeder served as associate general counsel for Millard Refrigerated Services, Inc., a national warehousing and logistics company, from November 2011 to July 2014. From February 2011 to November 2011, Michael Schroeder served as Principal for Schroeder Law Firm, and from November 1999 to February 2011, Michael Schroeder served as general counsel and corporate secretary for Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.
Michael received his B.S. in Business, magna cum laude, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his J.D. from Duke University.
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Deluxe Corp.
Julie Loosbrock joined Deluxe as a human resources manager in August 2000 and served in that role for several Deluxe business groups, including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales and Quality segments. In September 2002, Julie was named director of Financial Services and later vice president of both the Shared Services and the Strategic Business Partners groups. She was promoted to her current role of senior vice president of Human Resources in October 2008.
Prior to Deluxe, Julie spent more than 20 years in human resources for other industries and companies, including Pillsbury, IMPACT Consulting and Ryerson Steel.
Julie holds a bachelor's in psychology from Northwestern College and a master's in business administration from the University of St. Thomas. Additionally, she holds a doctorate in organizational development from the University of St. Thomas.
Senior Vice President of Fulfillment, Deluxe Corp.
Pete began his career with Deluxe in 1986 and has held a number of management positions at several Deluxe facilities, including vice president of Customer Care and vice president of Supply Chain at Deluxe headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In May 2008, Pete joined the executive leadership team, moving into his current role as senior vice president of Fulfillment from his former position as vice president of Sales and Marketing Operations. He currently is responsible for all aspects of manufacturing, supply management and engineering operations for a wide variety of consumer, financial institution and small business products.
Pete holds a bachelor's in math and computer science from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Chief Brand and Communications Officer, Deluxe Corp.
Amanda Brinkman joined Deluxe in January, 2014 as Vice President, Chief Brand and Communications officer and member of the Executive Leadership Team. Before joining Deluxe, Amanda was Vice President of Brand and Creative Services at Allianz in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her prior experience includes Vice President of Creative Services at UnitedHealth Group, Director of Business Development at Fallon; and Account Management at Campbell Mithun.