Non-Executive Chair of the Board
Steven Demetriou brings more than 35 years in chief executive and senior management roles, has served on the Board of nine companies, and has a track record of creating long-term value for stockholders.
He is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors of Jacobs, a leading and innovative global solutions leader in renewable energy, cybersecurity, and space intelligence and exploration. Mr. Demetriou brings more than 35 years in chief executive and senior management roles across multiple sectors and has served on the Board of nine companies over the course of his distinguished career including FirstEnergy, Kraton Corp, OM Group., Aleris Corp., and Foster Wheeler.
Since becoming Chief Executive Officer of Jacobs in 2015, Mr. Demetriou has steered a profound reshaping of the business portfolio, operations, and culture. Under his leadership, the firm has accelerated profitable growth and transformed into the leading, next-generation solutions provider by tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery, and cutting-edge manufacturing. This transformation has included the divestiture of its Energy, Chemicals, and Resource business and the acquisitions of KeyW, VanDyke, Wood, BlueCanopy, The Buffalo Group, and CH2M.
Mr. Demetriou has put culture change at the top of the agenda at Jacobs and has personally championed inclusion and diversity, shifting his executive leadership team and the Jacobs board of directors to be more ethnically and gender diverse. He has also driven sustainability into the culture with the launch of PlanBeyond, Jacobs’ sustainability strategy aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals; becoming a signatory of the U.N. Global Compact; and publishing Jacobs’ global Climate Action Plan, committing to 100% renewable energy and net zero carbon for its operations and business travel in 2020, and carbon negative by 2030. Mr. Demetriou has also taken a leadership role in the industry by speaking up and speaking out on racism and social injustice and launched Jacobs global Action Plan for Advancing Justice and Equality in July 2020.
Mr. Demetriou’s broad international business perspectives are the product of more than 35 years in leadership and senior management roles across a wide range of industries, including specialty chemicals, metals and mining. In addition to serving on Jacobs’ Board, Mr. Demetriou has also served on the board for FirstEnergy Corp. since January 2017 and as a strategic advisor to Resilience Capital Partners since 2009. He is also a CEO member of the Male Champions of Change, the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Infrastructure and Urban Development Governors, and as a member of WEF’s Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders. He has served as the U.S. Co-Chair of the U.S. – Saudi Arabian Business Council since April 2017, and has served as a Board member of the Dallas Citizens Council since December 2019. Mr. Demetriou also served as a Board member of Kraton Corporation from 2009 until 2018.
Mr. Demetriou holds a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University.