[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

CA Technologies has appointed Michael P. Gregoire, 46, as the company’s new chief executive officer, effective January 7, 2013. A 25-year veteran of the software and IT services industries, Mr. Gregoire also was elected to the CA Technologies Board of Directors.

Mr. Gregoire will succeed William E. McCracken, 70, who has served as CA Technologies chief executive officer since January, 2010 and who is retiring effective March 31, 2013. Mr. McCracken also will leave the CA Technologies board in January 2013.

Michael P. Gregoire: I accepted the position because I believe CA Technologies has a compelling value proposition, a strong reputation and a growing relevance for customers, software engineering, and partners.

Most recently, Mr. Gregoire was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Taleo, a cloud-based talent management software company. During his seven years leading Taleo, Mr. Gregoire successfully managed an IPO in 2005 and grew revenue from $78 million to $324 million. Taleo was acquired early in 2012 by Oracle for nearly $2 billion.

Before joining Taleo, Gregoire spent four years at PeopleSoft. While there, he was the executive vice president of PeopleSoft Global Services, leading a team of 4,000 professionals with annual revenue of $2 billion.

Mr. Gregoire also spent 12 years at EDS, where he held a number of senior positions including executive director of the global Financial Markets Group, chief technologist for Manufacturing and Financial verticals, as well as several architecture and project management positions.

Mr. Gregoire holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and computing from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Business Administration degree from California Coast University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR), a telecommunications company.