FAST COMPANY: How do you develop openness to change?
MARK LANGLEY: Openness to change can be developed. It starts with an understanding of a basic sense of self-awareness but also an understanding of what your set of core values is both professionally and organizationally. From there you need to understand the end state, the future, what the benefit is that you're going to see, either professionally or personally, from that change. And it's an essential part of life, human life and organizations, it's going to happen with you or with out you. If nothing else works, a quote from general Eric Shinseki is a good one, which is, "if you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less."
Mark A. Langley became PMI’s President and CEO in December 2010 after serving over eight years
as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In the chief executive role, Mr. Langley is
responsible for overseeing and serving as the lead advocate for PMI’s complex global organization,
consisting of more than half a million members, certification holders and other stakeholders in more than
185 countries. In support of the PMI Board of Directors, Mr. Langley’s primary responsibility is leading
the organization’s alignment to and execution of PMI’s strategic plan through the development and
implementation of its operating strategies and organization.
In his previous role, Mr. Langley was responsible for creating and cultivating alignment of PMI’s operating
groups to drive market and business development; as well as inspiring lasting and loyal relationships with
members, volunteers and other stakeholders that helped advance the profession and drive customer
satisfaction in worldwide markets. During his leadership, PMI’s stakeholder base has grown five-fold and
transitioned from primarily North American to a truly global representation. During that time, PMI also
introduced additional professional certifications, developed program and portfolio management standards,
and published several practice guidelines. Mr. Langley has spent countless hours demonstrating the
value of project management to practitioners, organizations and governments as well as collaborating
with volunteer leaders, and working with communities to advance the profession of project management.
Mr. Langley joined PMI in 2002 as Director, Finance and Administration and was promoted shortly
thereafter to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to joining PMI, he served as Chief
Financial Officer for ChemLogix and held senior leadership positions with AssetTRADE.com, Quala
Systems, Inc. and Castle Energy Corp. He began his career at Price Waterhouse (now PwC) and is a
Certified Public Accountant. He brings 30 years of experience to PMI in the areas of strategic planning,
global business, association management, operations and financial management.
Mr. Langley is married and has three sons and one daughter. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.