Jacobs Promotes Darren Kraabel to CTO and Chief Innovation Officer

Darren Kraabel, Jacobs

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has elevated Darren Kraabel to the role of chief technology officer and chief innovation officer.

That was one of a number of personnel moves announced by Jacobs. In addition, Marietta Hannigan has been promoted to chief strategy and communications officer and Madhuri Andrews has joined the company as chief information officer.

“Two years ago, we embarked on a strategy to strengthen our culture, transform the core of our business and expand profitable growth. Since then, we have outperformed that strategy on several measures of value creation, including the integration of our largest, most transformative acquisition last year, and significant, further portfolio reshaping focusing on higher-margin growth with the pending sale of the ECR business,” said Jacobs Chairman and CEO Steve Demetriou. “Now we are naming three pivotal positions to take the company further, by reshaping Jacobs’ strategy and portfolio to profit from technology and innovation focused on advanced facilities, infrastructure and government services.”

As CTO and chief innovation officer — new roles for the company — Kraabel will be responsible for leading a new corporate function. The role builds on Jacobs’ connected enterprise solutions strategy, which addresses clients’ highest-priority needs associated with urbanization, resource scarcity, security and widening workforce gaps.

Kraabel previously worked as senior vice president and general manager of mission solutions for Jacobs’ Aerospace, Technology, Environment and Nuclear business. Before joining the company, Kraabel served for 10 years with the U.S. Air Force.

He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics, with both academic and military distinction, from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He also has a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

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