Jacobs strengthens board with two new director appointments


Jacobs adds business, technology, manufacturing and energy transition experience to its board with two new appointments.

Global technical services firm Jacobs has announced the appointment of two new directors to strengthen its experience base at board level.

The election of Julie Sloat and Louis Pinkham to its board of directors, effective 1 December 2023, will, Jacobs says, add considerable experience across business, technology, manufacturing and energy transition and “a proven track record of scaling ground-breaking products and services, developing organisations and building cross-industry strategic partnerships”.

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

She was previously 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.

As current CEO of Regal Rexnord Corporation, Pinkham brings a strong focus on talent management while driving innovation and growth initiatives. He previously served as senior vice president of Crane Co., an industrial products manufacturer, where he helped transform a legacy business to become a cornerstone of growth. Prior to that, he held several global leadership positions in energy and power including senior vice president and general manager of Critical Power Solutions at Eaton Corporation and as a process design and development engineer at Molecular Biosystems.

Commenting on the two new board members, Jacobs’ CEO Bob Pragada said: “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.”

Jacobs executive chair Steve Demetriou said: “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.”

In a statement, Jacobs said: “Following these additions to the Jacobs board, it will be comprised 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.”