Founding Partner and President
Joanne is a co-founder and the President of the rInnovation Group and former Vice President, New Venture Development, at Nortel Networks. She is an accomplished innovation strategist, architect, orchestrator, implementation expert and author. Joanne is an Advisory Board member of ISPIM (International Society for Professional Innovation Management) and is experienced in corporate and startup board roles.
As a founding partner in rInnovation, Joanne is working with major corporations to link innovation with strategy and to develop systems, leadership, and culture capabilities that drive growth and corporate renewal. The rInnovation Group works across diverse industries from consumer and industrial products to energy and pharmaceuticals. It has also developed a unique innovation tools platform to guide individuals and companies through its Discovery, Incubation, and Acceleration (D-I-A) and uncertainty management methodology. The company’s clients are Fortune 1000 and other established companies, headquartered in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Germany, and Belgium. Joanne speaks regularly on topics related to innovation and corporate entrepreneurship and is or has been a member of the faculty in executive education programs at Babson College, the Danish Business Institute, the Danish Technical University (DTU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the Industrial Research Institute, and the Tata Management Training Center in India.
At Nortel Networks, Joanne and her team founded its internal venturing program, a multimillion-dollar investment fund that resulted in 12 business startups, one of which, Bill Me Later, reached close to a billion-dollar exit in October 2008, when it was bought by eBay/PayPal. The Corporate Strategy Board, RPI, Fast Company magazine, and others have highlighted this leading-edge innovation program in reports, academic research, case studies, and numerous articles.
Joanne is the Co-author of Pivot: How Top Entrepreneurs Adapt and Change Course to Find Ultimate Success (Wiley, October 2013) and Author of What’s Next – Strategic Innovation (TMTC Journal of Management, July 2012). She is a featured executive in Radical Innovation: How Mature Companies Can Outsmart Upstarts (HBS Press, December 2000) and an expert resource for Grabbing Lightning: Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation (Jossey Bass, 2008), Strategy + Business Magazine Innovation Award and Beyond the Champion(forthcoming Stanford University Press December 2017). She is also authored “Using VC Experience to Create Business Value” in From the Trenches—Strategies from Industry Leaders on the New e-Conomy (Wiley 2001) and co-authored “Bringing Radical and Other Major Innovations Successfully to Market - Bridging the Transition from R&D to Operations” (PDMA ToolBook 2004).
Joanne graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in 1982, with a bachelor of commerce (marketing major), and received the Marketing Medal for her academic accomplishments.