Jacobs details COO, aerospace leadership transition

Jacobs Engineering Group said Thursday that Terry Hagen, chief operating officer and aerospace segment president, will retire from those roles on June 3 and be succeeded in both positions by current board member Dawne Hicton.

From that date, Hagen will transition to executive strategic adviser to Chairman and CEO Steve Demetriou and oversee integration planning related to Jacobs’ acquisition of KeyW Corp. Hagen will also support what Jacobs called “other improvement initiatives around the company.”

Hagen discussed Jacobs’ approach to integrating KeyW and the rationale behind the deal in an interview with WT that we published part of Wednesday.

A three-decade company veteran, Hagen has led Jacobs’ aerospace, technology and nuclear segment for four years and was appointed COO in late 2018.

Post-close, KeyW will operate as part of the almost $4.4 billion “ATN” segment that houses a majority of Jacobs’ government work.

Hickton has been a Jacobs board member since 2015 and is a former CEO of RTI International Metals, a titanium product supplier to customers in the aerospace, defense and other industrial markets.

She is currently chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

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