Jennifer Sherman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Federal Signal

“Despite today’s headlines about digital this, software that, we live in a society of problems that cannot be solved without physical tools; roads must be cleaned, sewers must function, safety and security must be advanced in our communities. I’m passionate about manufacturing because manufacturing is how those tools are made.”

When Jennifer Sherman took the reins of Federal Signal only a few years after it was on the brink of bankruptcy, she disrupted a century-long status quo. She steered the company through the divestiture of a non-core business, three highly strategic acquisitions, a realignment of capital structure and a renewed focus on organic growth. Jennifer’s groundbreaking efforts have resulted in solid financial performance and attracted new high-quality investors to the company. Always confident in developing a strong company focus and delivering on growth strategies, the vision Jennifer maintains and executes reflects a business model rooted in the belief that “if you dream it, you can build it.” Jennifer continues to be recognized for leading Federal Signal to new levels and was nominated for the CEO Innovator of the Year Award by The Executives’ Club of Chicago in 2017.

Jennifer’s efforts to drive diversity in a male-dominated industry began in 2004 when she was named the first female General Counsel of Federal Signal and worked relentlessly to shift the company’s executive-level gender balance. Having also served as Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Operating Officer and now as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Jennifer’s continuing leadership has had a profound impact on Federal Signal. Today, she remains dedicated to empowering women in her industry and has helped many women successfully re-enter the workforce. Through her continued drive for excellence, Jennifer has motivated others to embrace new challenges and increase gender balance in the industry.

Jennifer has been involved with various community organizations including the Center for Disability and Elder Law and The Community House in Hinsdale, Illinois, where she was instrumental in expanding outreach efforts and strategy. Mindful of creating leadership opportunities for young people, Jennifer established a Junior Board at The Community House to provide area high school students with opportunities to develop leadership skills. Since the board’s creation, most student volunteer leaders have been girls—substantiating an unmet need for youth leadership opportunities in the community. Jennifer was also honored by the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago in 2017 as an innovative female business leader and role model for young girls, receiving a “Smart Cookie” award.

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