Attended KCSS • 1973–1978
Inducted October 2015
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Joe Jackman is a “reinventionist.” As the CEO of Jackman Reinvents, Joe is at the helm of an organization that comprises individuals who live and breathe the 360 degrees of retail customer experience. Through the eyes of a reinventionist, retail is a fascinating, three-dimensional orchestration of touchpoints and interactions between brands and their consumers to create a true 360° customer experience. Joe’s road to becoming a reinventionist began when he was a kid, but he didn’t quite know it at the time. His father worked in a variety of positions at Sears, finishing his career as an executive with the company’s head office.
As a child, Joe used to walk stores with his dad, but initially didn’t think of this defining time as the starting point to a career in the world of retail. In fact, Joe didn’t realize that retail was a big part of who he was until he started working: an industrial designer by trade, he gravitated towards retail clients and assignments.
Early critical influences in strategically shaping, growing and transforming businesses and brands came from Joe’s role as Executive Vice President of Marketing at Loblaw Companies Ltd (where he helped launch the Joe Fresh brand), transformative leadership roles at Old Navy and New York’s historic drugstore chain Duane Reade. The success of the Duane Reade reinvention also led Walgreens (which purchased Duane Reade) to partner with Jackman. Joe and the team have since worked with national and international businesses and brands including Rexall, Canadian Tire, Dave & Buster’s, US Foods and Hertz.
It was early in Joe’s career as a strategist and marketer that he came to realize that business strategy and brand strategy should happen together. The merging of these disciplines is at the heart of the Jackman Reinvents model. As one business, the different cultures – the data-driven, operational world of management consulting and the free-spirited, artistic and visual world of creative – come together to create the most powerful versions of brands in the least amount of time.
The words of Jerry Garcia, which were an early inspiration for Joe on his road to becoming a reinventionist, capture this idea succinctly: “You do not merely want to be the best of the best. You want to be the only ones who do what you do.”
Written October 2015
Recognizing outstanding KCSS alumni