Matt James is the Chief Operating Officer at Hickory Farms, where he is responsible for leading the Strategy, Product Development & Merchandising, Supply Chain, and Technology functions. In this role, Matt leads the efforts to drive growth at Hickory Farms and build the infrastructure, process, and analytics to support it.

Previously, Matt was SVP of Operations and Merchandising at Redbox. Matt’s team at Redbox consisted of over 1,400 employees nationwide and was responsible for inventory stocking and optimization, kiosk repair and preventative maintenance, as well as, route optimization, kiosk and employee telecom, fleet management, spare parts fulfillment, inventory management, and merchandising analytics to support new growth and operational efficiency initiatives.

Prior to joining Redbox, Matt worked in strategy consulting at Bain & Company and Marakon Associates. He earned a bachelor’s degree in the Integrated Science Program and economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.