Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Maggie Koh

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Maggie Koh. She’s the Senior Director, APJ People Operations.

What does a Senior Director of People Operations do?

Maggie has a relatively diverse portfolio ranging from leading Talent Acquisition and People Shared Services to Workforce Planning, People Analytics and M&A Integration for the APJ region.

“I work closely with the People Business Partners supporting the different Business Units and countries and my Global People Operations team to ensure these People Services are of value to our People and are delivered in an efficient and effective manner.”

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Maggie about what she brings to CA she told us that her main contributions include resourcefulness and creativity in developing solutions and services to the People team and employees at large.

“At CA, I am given due autonomy and flexibility to perform my job which comes with its fair share of responsibility and accountability. This combination requires me to apply my critical thinking skills yet gives me the opportunity to be resourceful and creative in developing solutions to problems and when implementing new services.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

“Be firm in your values, have faith in your strengths and be consistent in your actions advocating these values and leveraging your strengths.”

My female inspiration

Maggie’s inspiration comes from various sources.

“I’ve been blessed to have met different “teachers”, both male and female, whose beliefs and behaviors show me that I can be my own success story through having a positive mindset, adopting a can-do attitude and believing that opportunities and obstacles have their own rewards.”

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a set of DNA attributes that align with the Company’s mission – to eliminate the barriers between ideas and outcomes. While it is important to have a balance of all the DNA traits, Maggie has selected these three which she resonates most in her leadership journey at CA Technologies.

Socially aware, customer centric and creative

“Socially Aware – As APJ region consists of people with diverse cultures and backgrounds, being socially aware makes me more sensitive to the needs and views of others which could be different from my own or my perception leading to better alignment of common objective.”

“Customer Centric – Having a focus on customer needs ensures that my work has a clear purpose and the outcomes are of value to the people who need them the most.”

“Creative – Being creative encourages me to explore different ways of doing things that can benefit the customer and to come up with a solution that enhances their user experience.”

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Gender Diversity Is Alive and Well at CA!

By Rachel Ehrlich, Coordinator, Talent Acquisition

Within my first few days at CA Technologies, I began to feel CA’s strong culture of diversity and inclusiveness. I was both delighted and surprised to see programs, trainings and internal policies dedicated to the empowerment of women, the drive towards gender equality and the demand for diversity.  Sitting at my first town hall, I heard the leadership team discuss the importance of diversity and I thought it was the coolest thing ever! CA has done a great job of building and enforcing its diverse culture.

I am proud of the efforts made specifically within my team, Talent Acquisition. It warms my soul when I see an abundance of women’s resumes within male dominated fields such as Finance and Engineering. When these resumes come my way, I can’t help but smile and feel a sense of girl power!

Perhaps most impressive are CA’s practices to ensure pay equity and parity across gender. Although there has been no state legislation put into place regarding screening practices around compensation, CA has taken the initiative to fully implement new policies across the globe.  These practices encompass the pivotal things CA is doing that place them at the forefront of change. With CA’s help, women are breaking down gender barriers in the corporate world. It feels awesome to be a part of this avant-garde initiative! I hope other companies look at our practices and are inspired to follow suit.

Being in my role for several months now, CA Technologies truly continues to project an image of diversity to me.  As a steadfast feminist and women’s right advocate, it feels great to work for a company that values the same ethics. As a woman, I feel like I’m valued equally to my male counterparts and I feel incredibly proud to work for a company that values diversity and inclusion within its walls.

 

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LGBT Pride Month Profile – David Sanchez

CA Technologies is celebrating LGBT Pride Month by championing a few of our amazing employees from the LGBT Community.

Meet David Sanchez,  Senior Research Engineer, based in Spain. David is quite the gamer and loves playing video games in his spare time.

What is a Senior Research Engineer, you may ask?

To describe David’s role in simple terms, he keeps an eye on technologies developed in universities, or other research centers, with the potential to be applied in CA’s products.

Whenever possible, I help in the advancement of such technologies in collaboration with Universities and other partners. For instance, I am currently in a European-funded project with partners across Europe with the objective of supporting other organizations in the application of Privacy by Design and GDPR through improvements on the traditional development life cycle.

David chose CA Technologies as his first employer when starting his career back in 2014.

After finishing a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Engineering, I decided to continue my career by pursuing a doctoral (PhD) program. As part of the industrial doctorate program, the research branch of CA Technologies in Barcelona started a collaboration with the local government for hiring new PhD candidates. I fell in love with the idea of the project and I immediately applied. Last year, I successfully defended my thesis and decided to continue my research career with CA Technologies.

CA offers a wide range of rewards and benefits that appeal to different employees. When it comes to what David has taken advantage of as a member of the LGBT community, CA’s internal diversity network ‘THRIVE’ has been a standout for him.

I believe THRIVE has helped in my personal development. Initially, I had the impression that I had to hide my own feelings as a member of the LGBT community, to act ‘properly’ in a professional environment. The culture that THRIVE creates at CA has helped me to realize how wrong I was, proving how inclusive an organisation it really is!

Bring What You Bring

With CA’s “Bring What You Bring” employer brand, we asked David what he brings to CA Technologies.

As the non-techie guy in the group, I provide a different perspective during problem resolution. Besides, my ability for pivoting and experience with changing contexts, the team feel reliant upon me for projects of different magnitude and scope: From very scientific and methodical projects in collaboration with university professors, to program-level discussions.

David’s day typically starts as the Spanish tradition mandates, with a cup of coffee with his fellow CA family.

The usual planning for the day involves several meetings with my colleagues and, phone calls / e-mails with external researchers. During these meetings, I work on disseminating the obtained results internally and externally. Not as often as I would love to, I travel to meet other research partners or present the results in international scientific conferences.

When it comes to the favourite part of his job, David definitely loves being constantly on the edge of knowledge.

It is true that the uncertainty of working with hypothesis generates stress, as they may be proven false (or not-so-useful) some months later. But the satisfaction of seeing your work being discussed and appreciated by other known (and admired) researchers… makes everything worthwhile.

David is fortunate to work in the wonderful city of Barcelona, as he refers to, “a dream place for anyone in the LGBT community in Spain”.

Besides that, I love the atmosphere that the open-space concept in CA’s offices. It helps us to connect with people in other departments, to know each other, and to generate new research ideas based on background conversations. I also love how I can ‘customize’ the desk to show my freaky / Japan-lover / gamer personality.

David would most definitely recommend CA Technologies as an employer of choice.

I would recommend CA to any member of the LGBT community (and non-LGBT too) as its culture is perfect for the personal and professional career development.

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

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