Stephen Hooley’s first earnings conference call as the top executive of DST Systems Inc. focused on his vision for the company.And with that came the perhaps unavoidable comparisons to his predecessor. In September, DST said Tom McDonnell would retire. He stepped down from the CEO role immediately, naming Hooley to fill his seat, and moved into a non-executive chairman role through December.Hooley takes the helm at a time when Kansas City-based DST (NYSE: DST) faces public pressure to reduce its noncore assets. Last year, New York activist investor Russell Glass pushed DST to sell. The attention highlighted the company’s voluminous noncore assets, including real estate, and prompted DST to hire an investment banker to evaluate the structure of the business. Although the company’s board has pledged to remain independent, investors are watching to see how this plays out with DST’s new CEO.Hooley didn’t offer much clarity on Wednesday, when the company released the financial results of its third quarter, but he did broach the subject.“We’re well-positioned in the markets we service today, and I’m focused on ensuring that we’re in the right businesses and that these businesses will deliver consistent performance, growth and profitability,” Hooley told investors during a conference call.Hooley later added that his plan was “consistent with the way Tom ran the company” when an investor asked Hooley to compare himself with McDonnell.An analyst, Pete Heckmann of Avondale Partners LLC in Prairie Village, has suggested that McDonnell and the board disagreed on the company’s monetization approach to noncore assets.On Wednesday, Hooley said the company would review nonoperating assets in the broader context of the overall balance sheet.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Stephen C. Hooley and other top speakers and celebrities.