President and Chief Operating Officer
Bob Pragada is the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Jacobs. Together, the Critical Mission Solutions and People & Places Solutions lines of business generate more than $13 billion in annual revenue, and serve global clients in the public and private sectors. Jacobs delivers solutions for a range of end markets, including space exploration and technological development, defense, utilities, nuclear, transportation, water, the built and natural environments, and cyber security. These markets span a geography that encompasses the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Jacobs, Bob served as an officer in the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps for 9 years where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Bob’s naval career had many highlights, among which was his time serving the President of the United States as the Facilities Director at Camp David. His time in the service was followed by a 7-year tenure as Chief Operating Officer at Kinetics - a multi-billion dollar global provider of process solutions to the semiconductor and pharma-bio manufacturing industry. Bob joined Jacobs in 2006, and over time he has held several senior management positions such as Senior Vice President, Global Sales; Group Vice President, Northern Region (United States and the Republic of Ireland); and Vice President, Field Services. He returned to Jacobs in 2016 after having served as President and CEO of the Brock Group (a leading provider of industrial specialty services), and took on the role of President of the Global Industrial and Buildings & Infrastructure lines of business. A key highlight of his time in that role was the highly successful acquisition and integration of CH2M Hill, which was the largest acquisition in Jacobs’ history. Bob was appointed to his current role in November 2019. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering through the United States Naval Academy, and a Master of Science in engineering and management from Stanford University. He complements his career as an executive with service on the Executive Council of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (since July 2018) and as co-chair of the Diversity in Leadership Sub-Council of the DRC’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council (since July 2020). He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s CEO Climate Action Committee and Advanced Manufacturing Industry Action Group, a Director of HydroChemPSC, a billion dollar Litttlejohn Capital owned company (since January 2019), and a Director of Riggs Distler, a $500 million dollar Oaktree Capital owned company (since January 2020). Outside work, Bob is an avid sportsman and fan, and loves going to any game of any sport with his wife Jessica and their two sons, Bobby and Cahlin