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A top tech executive identifies a key responsibility of President-elect Trump

Melody Hahm
Senior Writer

Regardless of your political affiliation, it’s safe to call Donald Trump a bona fide disruptor-in-chief.

During a panel discussion on “disruption underway” at EY’s (EY) Strategic Growth Forum on Thursday, business leaders shared their predictions on what the technology sector will look like under a President Trump.

“I think you’ll see a huge focus on technology and government’s going to have to lead the way,” Jennifer Morgan, president of SAP North America (SAP), told Yahoo Finance (YHOO) Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer.

While Trump’s policies on the tech sector are largely unknown, Morgan said it’s vital for him to understand job creation and innovation come from companies like hers.

She said Trump will have to consult with many tech professionals to better understand how the government can catch up with the advanced technologies that businesses across the world are developing and implementing.

“One of the industries that is pretty far behind in terms of the digital potential is the government. They’re really going to have to set the tone and set the pace for the country,” she said.

Indeed, Trump may be gaining insight on tech policies from billionaire PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who’s on his transition team, as well Safra Catz, the co-CEO of software company Oracle (ORCL), whom he met with on Thursday.

“It’s interesting when you look at the news today and you see some of the folks that Trump is meeting with today,” Morgan noted.

Though Trump has been dubbed the Uber candidate, as someone who has disrupted traditional politics in the same way Uber has disrupted the taxi cab industry, it remains to be seen whether he will allow tech companies to flourish or whether he will hinder their growth. Either way, he is taking the preliminary steps to understanding how vital the tech sector is for America’s future.

Melody Hahm is a writer at Yahoo Finance.

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