Digital River Appoints New CFO with Deep Roots at the Ecommerce Company

CJ Bernander returns to lead the finance organization as company pivots to API and microservices solutions

MINNEAPOLIS – Jan. 28, 2020 – Digital River, the most experienced global ecommerce enabler for established and fast-growing brands, announced today the appointment of Christopher (CJ) Bernander as the company’s chief financial officer. Mr. Bernander will report directly to Digital River CEO, Adam Coyle.

Mr. Bernander comes to Digital River with an extensive background in both ecommerce and finance, most recently as vice president of finance at Renaissance Learning, a global leader in SaaS-based education technology and analytics. Mr. Bernander has been an active CPA for more than fifteen years, which includes experience in public accounting at EY.

Prior to his role at Renaissance Learning, Mr. Bernander spent nine years at Digital River in various financial leadership roles, including accounting, finance and corporate development functions.

“I’m proud to be returning to Digital River during such an exciting time for the company. Ecommerce is a strategic focus for brands worldwide,” stated Mr. Bernander. “I look forward to working with the entire team as we execute on growing our customers’ online revenues while protecting them from business risk.”

“CJ is an exceptional finance leader with deep industry experience and knowledge,” said Digital River CEO Adam Coyle. “His expertise helped him rise quickly through the ranks at Digital River, where he became a valued member of the senior leadership team. We are excited to have CJ rejoin our organization at this phase of our evolution, as we continue to grow our partner ecosystem and expand the delivery of our solutions through APIs and microservices.”

Digital River announced in August it has fully transitioned its product offering to a best-of-breed approach, allowing brands to work with their choice of digital experience and commerce solution providers to create a flexible ecommerce offering designed to meet increasingly complex shopper demands.

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About Digital River

With 25 years’ experience, Digital River has mastered the ins and outs of global ecommerce. Established and fast-growing brands alike rely on our flexible, API-powered solutions to sell direct to their customers, whether they live around the corner or around the world. Our modular platform, global expertise, and advanced partner ecosystem lets brands focus on creating seamless buyer experiences, while we work behind the scenes to manage orders and fulfilment, process payments, mitigate fraud, and handle taxes and compliance on their behalf. Brands benefit from our unique business model, expertly designed to help brands accelerate global expansion, grow revenue, and protect their business from risk.

Digital River is headquartered in Minneapolis with offices across the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America. For more details, visit

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