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In the Nation's Interest

2018 Awards Dinner Spotlight: Mike Gregoire

by CED August 09, 2018

Mike Gregoire is the Chairman and CEO of CA Technologies. You can view his bio here. At CED's 2018 Distinguished Performance Awards Dinner, he will introduce Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture North America.

Is there a particular public policy where you believe business leaders are especially well-positioned to make a difference?

Data privacy is a complex and pervasive issue, and one where the most responsible path is for the public and private sectors to work together.  Public policy can provide a level playing field, ensure accountability to society, and establish a framework for solving future issues. 

Consumers and policymakers are understandably concerned about how personal data is being collected and managed. Governance, accountability, and ethics regarding data must advance at the same pace as innovation and data creation.

Public policy is not the only answer, but it is an important part of the equation.  At the same time, the private sector needs to hold itself accountable for adopting best practices.  We need to communicate clearly about what data is being collected, how we protect that data, and who owns it.  We also need to integrate privacy into the development of products and services.

Has your company spearheaded a particular philanthropic or societal initiative that you would like to share?

I am very proud of CA’s longstanding commitment to introduce STEM opportunities as a positive force in people’s lives.  Our efforts start with children as young as six, with particular support given to programs for girls, who historically have a higher rate than boys of opting out of such programs. 

We also have programs dedicated specifically toward women.  The objective is to create a diverse pool of talent and to demonstrate the opportunities afforded by a foundation in STEM. 

Digital literacy is swiftly becoming the single most important point of entry to participate in the economies of tomorrow. It is critically important for leaders in both the private and public sectors to help ensure the people in their communities, companies and countries have the skills necessary to thrive.

What has been the best career advice that you’ve received?

No one but you is responsible for your career.  You have gifts and talents, but no one is going to use them for you. Set real goals and do the work.

What advice do you have for those who aspire to careers in leadership, or have just started to serve in a leadership capacity?

Winning is a habit.  It’s a learned skill that you need to develop.  Once you start building a track record of success, and you know what it feels like and tastes like, you don’t ever want to be in the situation where you don’t win. 

As much as possible, surround yourself with people who have that same desire to win; those who have grit and fortitude.