News Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Elizabeth Cutler, Senior Communications Specialist
cutlere@cna.org

CNA President Katherine A. McGrady Wins Prestigious Leadership Award

Arlington, Va. — Vistage, the world’s largest CEO coaching and peer advisory organization for small and midsize businesses, today announced that Dr. Katherine A. McGrady, President and Chief Executive Officer of CNA, is the recipient of the Vistage Leadership Award. The award honors members for their achievements in leadership, for reflecting Vistage’s values and for making great decisions that benefit their companies, families and communities.

McGrady began her career with CNA as an analyst in 1988. As the CNA field representative for the Commander of Marine Forces Central Command and Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force, she served in the Persian Gulf during first Iraq war, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She received the Department of the Navy’s Superior Public Service Award for her contributions during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. She also deployed as part of the Unified Task Force to Mogadishu, Somalia.

Subsequent assignments led to her selection as Vice President and Director, Integrated Systems and Operations (ISO) Division, where she led a team focused on issues at the interface between the Navy and Marine Corps, including analysis of expeditionary systems, logistics, operations and tactics and training for expeditionary operations. Simultaneously, she directed CNA’s Marine Corps Program, where she developed the annual research program and was the primary interface between CNA and the senior Marine Corps leadership.

“I am very humbled and honored to receive this award. Vistage for me has been game-changing in terms increasing my effectiveness as a CEO. I get inspiration every day from my fellow Vistage peer group. I am so very grateful to be part of the larger Vistage community,” said McGrady.

“Katherine holds herself to the high standards that those working for her also attain while following her. It’s magical to be in her office and watch her positive effect, especially given the serious nature of their work,” said Vistage Chair Debbie Tyler.

For more information on Vistage, visit www.vistage.com.

About Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

Helping high-integrity leaders make great decisions that benefit their companies, families and communities. Vistage is the world’s largest executive coaching organization for small and midsize businesses. For more than 60 years we’ve been helping CEOs, business owners and key executives solve their toughest challenges through a comprehensive approach to success. At the heart of our proven formula is confidential peer advisory groups and executive coaching sessions. Learn more at www.vistage.com.

CNA is a nonprofit research and analysis organization dedicated to the safety and security of the nation. It operates the Center for Naval Analyses — the only Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) serving the Department of the Navy — as well as the Institute for Public Research. CNA is dedicated to developing actionable solutions to complex problems of national importance. With nearly 700 scientists, analysts and professional staff, CNA takes a real-world approach to gathering data. Its one-of-a-kind field program places analysts on carriers and military bases, in squad rooms and crisis centers, working side-by-side with operators and decision-makers around the world. CNA supports naval operations, fleet readiness and great power competition. Its non-defense research portfolio includes criminal justice, homeland security and data management.

Note to writers and editors: CNA is not an acronym and is correctly referenced as "CNA, a research organization in Arlington, VA."


Contact

Elizabeth Cutler
Sr Communications Specialist
703.824.2388
cutlere@cna.org

John Stimpson
Communications Associate
703.824.2689
stimpsonj@cna.org