Dawne Hickton Has Been An Effective Board Member For Jacobs. Now She’s A President There.
When Terry Hagen announced his transition to the role of executive strategic adviser to Jacobs Chair and CEO Steve Demetriou, the organization had to appoint someone into the now-open position of President and COO of Aerospace, Tech, and Nuclear Business (ATN.)
They did not have to look far.
Diversified Search placed Dawne Hickton to the Board of Directors of Jacobs in 2015. She was the natural choice: her diverse industry experience would be an asset to the board, and Hickton came to Jacobs as a senior officer at RTI, where she led an exemplary transformation and expansion. Her experience there proved to be a vital addition and propelled her to the top candidate for President and COO of ATF.
According to Jacobs Chair and CEO Demetriou, Hickton’s deep knowledge of Jacobs made her the natural choice to lead ATN. The fact that she is also a member of the board of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and was named one of the top 100 global leaders in STEM by STEMconnector, didn’t hurt, either.
“Since joining Jacobs as a member of the Board in 2015, I have developed a deep appreciation for our talented people and the exciting opportunity we have to transform our company and lead our industry through innovation,” Hickton said upon her appointment. “I look forward to building on our many successes as COO and President of Jacobs’ ATN business.”
Hickton joined RTI as vice president and general counsel in 1997; in 2007 she was appointed to the role of vice chair and CEO, where she served until June 2019, when she assumed her current role at Jacobs.
“Given her track record of execution at other companies, as well as her contributions as a director to Jacobs, I know that Dawne will be a significant asset as a member of our leadership team as we continue our transformational strategy of delivering innovative and unique solutions to our clients,” Demetriou said.
We couldn’t agree more.