FINALIST 2019

Greg Rokos has been President and CEO of ESI Technologies for the past 25 years. The lessons he has learned throughout his career are what have led him to develop a strategy following four guiding principles:

  • concentration and execution;
  • acceptance of change and tolerance for ambiguity;
  • validation of the company’s financial health to foster agility in the face of business opportunities and economic conditions;
  • ingenuity when making acquisitions.

These principles are pillars that influence both his decision-making and actions.

My leadership style follows three rules: you have to sometimes lead, sometimes follow and sometimes get out of the way.

 

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Moreover, Greg Rokos recognizes the importance of a diversified team. He recognizes his strengths and weaknesses and knows how to surround himself with a management team with complementary talents. For him, employees are at the heart of ESI’s development.

The company, which proposes solutions for managing, protecting and transforming data, implemented within the past year the “Knowledge and Career Incubator” to drive teams and invite them to contribute to the organization’s intelligence and pursuit of its mission.

Inspiring career

Greg Rokos graduated from Concordia University in 1981 and began his IT career in the midst of the market recession. In 1989, he became president of Econom Canada, where he managed the Canadian restructuring and participated in the company’s international restructuring.

Since 2005, Greg Rokos has been involved in the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, being President of the foundation during 4 years. In 2016, he became Chairman of Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business Advisory Board.