SPYP Leadership Roundtable With Scott Gebicke Of Jabil

Posted On 08/12/2016 by St. Pete Chamber

​​Kate Harris, SPYP Communications Co-Chair
The St. Pete Young Professional’s Leadership Roundtable series is a monthly, member-exclusive program that connects young professionals with major leaders to discuss personal and professional growth, goals and success.

May’s Leadership Roundtable featured Scott Gebicke, Vice President of Global Business Units at Jabil. Gebicke shared insights about life-long traits that lead to success and the importance of giving and receiving feedback.
Scott’s varied background has allowed him to develop leadership skills through unique circumstances. He has lived in more than 15 different cities on account of his military experience and consulting work in past jobs. London, Hawaii, San Francisco, Johannesburg, South Africa and Amsterdam are just some of the places where Scott has lived.

Scott’s first experience with leadership came at 21 years old when he had 35 people working for him in the military. He explained that he had to learn leadership from a firehose… meaning really quickly and all at once.

Throughout his career, Scott credits 3 traits that have made him successful and ones that he believes are needed to break through ceilings or obstacles.
•    Intellectual curiosity – people who want to know “why” and continuously learn are successful because they ask questions to get answers and more information
•    Comfort with ambiguity – someone who is able to assess a situation and realize that they may not know what to do but will try their best to navigate through it will develop adaptability to uncertain situations in the future.
•    Ability to synthesize – a person who is able to explain who they are in an authentic way can develop a strong foundation for building relationships.


As important as he feels those traits are, Scott said that another critical skill to possess is the ability to have an intimate, challenging conversation. These types of conversations are imperative to learning how to communicate effectively in a business environment. Giving and receiving feedback sometimes encompasses uncomfortable situations, so if you are practiced in the ability to hold a challenging conversation, it’s easier to focus on the actual feedback and not just the accompanying emotions. If you view feedback as a learning opportunity, it can be used in a constructive way, no matter the outcome.

Scott Gebicke is Jabil’s Executive in charge of Energy & Industrials.  He is the VP of the Global Business Unit (P&L) across several industrial conglomerates and end markets. In his role, he leads a team of Business leaders and technical experts to deliver engineered solutions to key Energy brands in: Smart Metering, Solar, Grid Infrastructure & Storage, Process Automation, Wind, and Oil & Gas.

Previously, Scott served as President, Jabil Defense and Aerospace Services, consisting of customers and operations across 6 sites in 5 countries. He was concurrently responsible for Jabil Emerging Markets, supporting early-stage hardware companies through design, development & scale; managing a pipeline of over 300 start-ups, to an ROIC of 130% over 3 years.

Prior to joining Jabil, Scott was a leader in McKinsey & Company’s Aerospace and Defense practice out of the London and San Francisco offices.  He served industry and Government clients across a number of functional areas including: growth, innovation, and operational turnarounds.  Scott served 7 years as a US Navy Officer, with significant operational  wartime experience in Aegis weapons systems and maritime and urban anti-terrorism.

Scott and his wife live with their two sons in St. Petersburg, FL.

For more information on the next Leadership Roundtable, visit stpete.com/LRT.