Dallas-Based Jacobs Names 2 New Members to Its Board of Directors

The professional services giant named Julie Sloat and Louis Pinkham to its board, bringing experience across business, technology, manufacturing, and energy transition.

Julie Sloat and Louis Pinkham have been elected to the board of directors of Dallas-headquartered professional services giant Jacobs, effective Dec. 1.

Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific, and project delivery for the government and private sector.

“As we increase our focus on critical infrastructure, sustainability and data-driven solutions, we are excited to welcome Julie Sloat and Louis Pinkham to Jacobs’ board of directors,” CEO Bob Pragada said in a statement.

The pair bring with them considerable experience across business, technology, manufacturing, and energy transition, along with a proven track record of scaling ground-breaking products and services, developing organizations, and building cross-industry strategic partnerships.

Experienced business leaders

As current chair, CEO & president of American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP), Sloat has delivered best-in-class leadership in the energy transition market during her long tenure at the company, Jacobs said. Most recently Sloat was AEP’s president and chief financial officer and has held several key leadership positions across treasury, investor relations, enterprise risk management, and business continuity.

Previously, Sloat was responsible for all aspects of electric service for AEP Ohio’s 1.5 million customers and leading 1,500 employees plus contract employees.

In addition to her AEP career, Sloat was vice president of corporate finance and investor relations at Tween Brands Inc. and held positions at Bank One and M&T Bank.

Currently CEO of Regal Rexnord Corp., Pinkham brings a vision for creating a better tomorrow and a strong focus on talent management while driving innovation and growth initiatives, Jacobs said. Previously, Pinkham was SVP of Crane Co., an industrial products manufacturer, where he helped transform a legacy business to become a cornerstone of growth.

Before that, Pinkham held several global leadership positions in energy and power including senior vice president and general manager of Critical Power Solutions at Eaton Corp. and as a process design and development engineer at Molecular Biosystems.

Board service and diversity

“Louis and Julie’s respective leadership capabilities in business and financial operations, risk management and innovative technologies are aligned and complementary to the board and the respective inroads they’ve made in their careers echo our company’s purpose—creating a more connected, sustainable world,” Jacobs Executive Chair Steve Demetriou said in a statement.

Sloat serves on the boards of American Electric Power Company Inc., Columbus Downtown Development Corp., Edison Electric Institute, Ohio Business Roundtable, Pelotonia, The Columbus Partnership, and the U.S. Business Roundtable. She is board chair of the James Cancer Hospital Foundation.

Pinkham serves on the board of Regal Rexnord Corp. and also the board of trustees for the University of Chicago Medical Center, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.

Following these additions, the Jacobs Board will be composed of 13 members from diverse geographic, industry, government, technical and business backgrounds, providing a robust governance structure that aligns with the company’s strong emphasis on inclusion.

Jacobs’ board is 54% female and ethnically diverse.

Jacobs has roughly $15 billion in annual revenue and a talent force of more than 60,000 people.

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