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VOL. 126 | NO. 42 | Wednesday, March 2, 2011

FedEx’s Jackson Named Top 100 Thought Leader

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Mitch Jackson, vice president of environmental affairs and sustainability at FedEx Corp., has been named one of 2010’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America.


(Photo: Lance Murphey)

Hometown: Memphis

Education: Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, University of Memphis; master’s in operations management, University of Arkansas

Work Experience: 26 years at FedEx, in operations, properties and environmental affairs

Family: Wife, Monique, and two children. A son, Connor, in college at American University in Washington; a daughter, Anne, at St. Agnes Academy

Favorite quote: “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” – Mark Twain

What talent do you wish you had? Author – I would love to write the great American novel … or, at least, a thoughtful bestseller.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My wife, due to her strength, courage and heart. If I ever wrote that novel, it would be dedicated to her.

What about environmental affairs and sustainability most interests you? First, it really is about preserving what we have for future generations. But, beyond that, it’s about new ways of thinking on business processes, and helping to innovate that leads to a better future.

What are your goals for FedEx as vice president of environmental affairs and sustainability? We follow what I call “practical environmentalism” – strategic and transformational environmental stewardship that adds tangible value in the effort to be more responsible. As such, we have goals to reduce aircraft emissions, improve vehicle fuel efficiency and green our facilities.

What does it mean to you to be named as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior? Naturally, I am honored and a bit overwhelmed to be included in a list that includes other thought leaders that have contributed so much to the field of business ethics and trust. And, it’s gratifying to realize that my work resonates, to a degree.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Hopefully, I haven’t yet done it. That’s why I ended one of my blog posts, Ten Things I’ve Learned on the Road to Sustainability, with the bonus lesson, “Keep pushing, with the finish line simply being the road ahead.” However, I am proud of our leading effort to bring hybrid vehicles to the commercial vehicle market, and our successful work in having legislation and regulation put in place that will improve truck fuel economy and reduce emissions.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Helping to make a difference.


Michael Allen has been named the new assistant vice president for Physical Plant at the University of Memphis. Allen previously served as the senior construction and design engineer at the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Johnnie B. Watson, president of LeMoyne-Owen College, has been named to the board of directors of the Greater Memphis Chamber.


Jonathan Watkins, assistant administrator at Methodist North Hospital located off Covington Pike, was named the recipient of the Health Advocate of the Year award during the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals Agents of Change Gala held recently.

Michael Timmons and Hannah Christopher have joined the sales team at Frase Protection.


Scott Hardin has been named director of cardiovascular services at Methodist University Hospital.

Kerri A. Harrison has been promoted to director of nursing at the Oxford, Miss., office of Unity Hospice Care.

Kirk Caraway, partner at  Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham PLLC, has been elected secretary of the Memphis Bar Association.

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