Rebuilding a Company after a Near Fatal Ethics Breakdown

TUE, OCT 7, 2008 (1:08:36)

John Swainson of CA, Inc., one of the world's largest independent software companies, describes the challenges he faced when he was brought on as CEO to rebuild the company's culture and reinvigorate its business after a serious ethics breakdown.

+ BIO: John A. Swainson

John A. Swainson is chief executive officer of CA and a member of the company's Board of Directors. During three decades in the Information Technology (IT) industry, John has developed a rare combination of management expertise and technology vision that he is applying to the transformation of CA. Under his leadership, CA has increased its global presence and focused on its core strengths in systems, networks, security and storage management for the enterprise. At the same time, John has strengthened the company's management team, simplified its business unit structure, streamlined its distribution channels and fostered greater innovation across the company.

An engineer by training, he has led software operations ranging from sales and marketing to product development. In every case, he has been sharply focused on customers and on how IT can make their businesses more competitive. Before joining CA, John spent 26 years at IBM, most recently as vice president of worldwide sales for IBM's Software Group. Earlier, as general manager of the Application Integration and Middleware division, he and his team developed, marketed and launched the highly successful WebSphere family of middleware products.

John serves on the board of directors of VISA, Inc. and Cadence Design Systems. He holds a bachelor of applied science degree in engineering from the University of British Columbia.

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