iControl Systems USA, LLC, a leading provider of supply chain visibility and collaboration solutions to retailers, is pleased to announce the addition of Robert (Rob) Jackson to the senior management of the company, effective June 13, 2011.
During his 24-year career at Dow Jones and later News Corp., where his last position was as Director, National Retail Supply Chain, Rob oversaw a team of regional executives tasked with wide-ranging responsibilities across many critical business functions. Included in Rob’s portfolio were cultivating national and regional relationships with retailers; negotiating with production facilities and transportation logistics providers; building collaboration among members of a diverse and not always synergistic supply chain that included publishers and manufacturers and over 400 wholesalers and distributors, and delivering results on time, within budget and with transparency and accountability to key stakeholders.
During his tenure at Dow Jones, Rob was asked to relocate to different regions of the country where change was required to compete in a declining business environment. In 2005, Rob was named as one of the top 25 leaders at Dow Jones based on his ability to lead large regional and national management teams.
Rob, a graduate of Hampton University, is married to Kim, a school principal. They have four children. Despite a very busy professional schedule, Rob has found time to give back to his community by coaching youth football. The Jackson family will be relocating to Maryland, where iControl is headquartered.
“It’s a genuine pleasure and a privilege to bring an executive as accomplished and experienced as Rob into our company” said Tal J. Zlotnitsky, iControl’s CEO. “From his senior perch at Dow Jones and News Corp, Rob had the opportunity to observe and evaluate iControl from the outside since the very beginning. He has seen us work incredibly hard in order to get the business model right, and was never hesitant to challenge us to work harder and get better. But as much as I’ve learned from Rob over the years about business, I’ve learned just as much from him about being a great father and balancing work/life. Rob is not just a proven leader; he is also a remarkable person that I’m gratified and proud to call my friend.”
"I am tremendously excited to join a team with thoughtful, creative, visionary leadership," said Mr. Jackson. “I have admired the Zlotnitsky brothers for over 15 years, watching them take their business from a small enterprise to a company that ultimately received recognition as the best in the business in 2007, receiving national awards from The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. I've watched iControl improve the collaboration between Direct Store Delivery suppliers and retailers in an attempt to responsibly optimize the supply chain. With bold vision, incredibly hard work, and a willingness to listen, learn, and genuinely collaborate, iControl built a process, a system and a model that is simply the best in the business. I look forward to supporting iControl's continued development and growth, as the sky is truly the limit for this company.”
With over 20,000 retail doors - including CVS, Kroger, Safeway, Stop & Shop, Rite Aid, and Barnes & Noble - and thousands of suppliers, iControl (icontrolsbt.com) is on the leading edge of redefining the retailer/supplier relationship in the DSD universe. iControl is a one-to-many facilitator of supply chain collaboration and Scan Based Trading between retailers and their DSD suppliers. We enable the parties to cross-share transactional data in a transparent, real time manner. Offered in the form of SaaS, our platform features groundbreaking and user-friendly analytics, providing trade partners a shared opportunity to make informed decisions based on a single, undisputed version of the truth. Empowered by timely information presented in a highly actionable way, our retail and supplier clients are able to minimize waste and maximize sales by right-sizing DSD inventories, managing out-of-stocks, evaluating promotions, and optimizing SKU selection. In a part of the business that has traditionally been operated with too little collaboration and very little visibility, iControl provides the only truly comprehensive solution to achieve substantially better results.