Born: New York City
Education: B.S. in electrical engineering, Pratt Institute
History: Perry began his career at Grumman Aerospace in 1966 and worked on NASA’s Apollo program through every manned lunar landing.
What is the best business lesson you’ve learned?
To always be prepared as a leader. Also, never compromise your integrity. People watch what you do, and based on that, they interpret what you say. So you need to model the behaviors that you want to see in others.
What traits or skills are essential for a business leader?
You need to be willing to take some risks. That should be a part of your makeup. You need to have the ability to delegate and trust that the people you’ve appointed can get the job done. That means you also need to have an ability to surround yourself with great people people who are also driven to make the organization successful.
What is your definition of success?
It’s when people throughout the company completely understand and have embraced the company’s core values. Those people will then feel empowered to advance the company toward its strategic goals. If you have all of that, you can say that you’re successful as a leader.