Industry News 9/6/2013

EMP: Ibex Hires Jackton Downard as Director of Sales

Ibex Hires Jackton Downard as Director of Sales
Press Release from Verde PR

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (Sept. 6, 2013) — Ibex Outdoor Clothing, manufacturer of premium technical Merino wool apparel and accessories, hired outdoor industry veteran Jackton Downard as the company’s new Director of Sales, effective September 23.

Jackton brings over a decade and a half of outdoor industry experience with him to his new executive position. For the past four years, Jackton served as International Sales Manager at Outdoor Research. Prior to that, Jackton worked for 12 years as a sales representative – repping Ibex and other leading industry brands – for Perpetual Motion NW in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to having a passion for technical wool apparel and the wholesale marketplace, Jackton is committed to the idea of sustainable business. In 2007, he completed an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Noting the importance of communication with Ibex’s external stakeholders, Jackton plans to prioritize an outreach campaign to Ibex’s sales force and retailers during his first few months on the job. “It is important that they understand how much focus we intend to put on the wholesale business and how we plan to be a best-in-class vendor,” Jackton said.

“Jackton is a great fit for us,” said Ted Manning, CEO of Ibex. “His personal and professional passions align with Ibex extremely well. He has shown us his ability to create a strategic perspective for himself and Ibex. We are excited to get him involved with all of our wholesale relationships.”

“There is clearly an amazing amount of talent at Ibex and a true dedication to building beautiful product through the use of renewable resources and domestic supply chains,” said Jackton. “I love to see smart people achieving great things, I love refined product and I love to see businesses grow responsibly. There is a ton of blue sky opportunity for retailers to leverage what Ibex has to offer and I’m thrilled to be playing a part in bringing the Ibex story to them.”

Jackton is relocating from Seattle to Vermont with his wife and their two children. He enjoys climbing, skiing and generally getting outside.

About Ibex
Founded in 1997 and headquartered in White River Junction, VT, Ibex is a designer of year-round Merino wool outdoor clothing and cycling apparel, founded in the belief of the superior natural performance and properties of wool. Ibex couples the natural renewable resource with technical innovation and inspired design to create apparel for a diverse range of outdoor and active pursuits and passions. Men’s and Women’s items are divided into Ride, Base, Zing, Peak and Live categories, and are made from the best Merino wool fabrics sustainably sourced from New Zealand. All Ibex clothing and accessories are available for purchase online, in catalog and through outdoor specialty stores. For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Verde PR
Julie Evans