H.S. Grace & Company, Inc.
Jeffrey E. Curtiss, CPA, CFA, J.D., L.L.M. (Taxation)


Jeffrey E. Curtiss served as a member of the Board of Directors of KBR, Inc., a NYSE listed global provider of differentiated professional services with 31,000 employees and $4+ billion in revenue from 2007 - May 2018.  He served as the Chairman of KBR’s Nominating and Governance Committee and was a member of its Audit Committee for the duration of his tenure there, serving ten years as the Audit Committee Chair.  He previously served as a member of its Independent Committee which evaluated aspects of the KBR split-off from Halliburton and also served on KBR's Compensation Committee and the Environmental and Social Responsibility Committees in past years. 

Mr. Curtiss received a BSBA degree from the University of Nebraska, College of Business Administration (1970) with high distinction; a JD degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law (1971) and an LLM degree in taxation from the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis (1975). Mr. Curtiss became a CPA in 1971; a practicing lawyer in 1972 and a CFA charterholder in 2006.

He has experience with Peat, Marwick & Mitchell, a CPA firm, and with Nelson, Harding, Marchetti, Leonard & Tate, a law firm. From 1973-79, he was employed by Montsanto Company in tax and international treasury positions. He was Asst. Treasurer, VP of Corporate Development and VP of Finance of G.D. Searle & Co. from 1979-1988, and became Senior Corporate Vice President and CFO of The Coleman Company; Heritage Media Corp.; Browning Ferris Industries ("BFI") and Service Corporation International ("SCI") from 1988-2006.  His experience is with large, publicly owned companies engaged in manufacturing (pharmaceuticals, chemicals, camping and outdoor products) and/or services (media, waste, death care, engineering, construction and government services).  Mr. Curtiss served on the Board of Directors of Heritage Media Corporation and American Ref-Fuel, a $2 billion waste to energy joint venture owned 50% by BFI.

Mr. Curtiss is a member of the AICPA, Financial Executives International ("FEI"), CFA Institute, CFA Society of Houston and National Association of Corporate Directors ("NACD").  He served as President of the Houston Chapter of Financial Executives International (“FEI”), Regional Director and Secretary to FEI (National). He served on FEI's Audit Committee and as a Director of the Houston Chapter of FEI. He served as President of the 900+ member CFA Society of Houston in 2012-13 and serves as a Director of CFA Society Houston.