Retired Four-Star General Vincent K. Brooks Named to Jacobs Board of Directors

by cdawkins

Jacobs  announced the election of Vincent ( Vince) K. Brooks  to its Board of Directors.

Jacobs Chair and CEO  Steve Demetriou  said, “We are excited to welcome  Vince Brooks  to Jacobs’ Board of Directors. His exceptional leadership capabilities – proven in command of large, complex organizations in challenging situations around the world – as well as his focus on cyber and national security, align directly with Jacobs’ high priority growth markets. Both of our lines of business have strong, deep portfolios of national government work, and his experience will enable him to have immediate impact on our strategic objectives.”

A retired four-star general, Brooks was a career officer who served in the U.S. Army for more than 40 years from his entry into the U. S. Military Academy at West Point until his retirement from active duty in 2019. Most recently, he was the commander of the 650,000-strong Korean and  United States  forces in the Republic of Korea. General Brooks was the first African American chosen to lead all 4,000+ cadets at  West Point  as the Cadet Brigade Commander or “First Captain,” and went on to become the eighth African American in history to attain the military’s top rank of four-star general in the U.S. Army.

Widely respected as a speaker and leader of innovative organizations within and beyond the military, his areas of expertise include leadership in complex organizations, inclusion and diversity, national security, international relations, military operations, combating terrorism and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Demetriou continued, “At Jacobs, our brand – and our culture – are focused on challenging today to reinvent tomorrow. General Brooks has personified that mantra his entire career. We are honored to have him join the Jacobs Board as we continue to reshape the future for our employees, our clients, our communities and our shareholders.”

General Brooks serves on the boards of Diamondback Energy, the Gary Sinise Foundation, and the Korea Defense Veterans Association, and is a principal with WestExec Advisors. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a visiting Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Texas, with both the Clements Center for National Security and also the Strauss Center for International Security and Law; and an Executive Fellow with the Institute for Defense and Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Military Art and Science from the prestigious U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Jacobs’ Board is comprised of 11 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; 45% of Jacobs’ board is female or ethnically diverse.

At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.

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