Member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

Mary Jo Jacobi



Mary Jo Jacobi was appointed to ACOBA in June 2012. She has held senior roles in the banking and financial services industry at HSBC (1993 to 2000), Lehman Brothers (2000 to 2001) and Drexel Burnham Lambert (1985 to 1990). She has also worked in the global oil and gas industry, notably as Vice President, Group External Affairs at Royal Dutch Shell (2001 to 2005) and as Executive Vice President at BP America following the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill (2010 to 2011).

Mary Jo was formerly an aide to President Ronald Reagan and resumed US government service when President George H W Bush appointed her Assistant Secretary of Commerce of the United States (1992 to 1993). From 2005 to 2010 she was a Civil Service Commissioner in Great Britain.

Currently, Mary Jo is a consultant on business strategy and communications and is a Non-executive Director of Mulvaney Capital Management. She has been a visiting fellow of the Leeds University Business School since 2004 and of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation since 2009. She is a fellow of the RSA and a member of the Royal Institution, the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and the FCO’s Wilton Park Advisory Council.

Member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

The role of the committee is to:

  • provide independent advice to the Prime Minister on the application of the government’s Business Appointment Rules to the most senior members of the Civil Service, armed forces, diplomatic service, and intelligence agencies who wish to take up appointments within 2 years of leaving Crown service
  • provide independent advice directly to former ministers on appointments they wish to take up within 2 years of leaving government

See ACOBA’s register of interests for committee members.