Analyst Profile

John Kost

John Kost


13 years at Gartner ,  22 years IT industry
Arlington, VA USA

Roles and Responsibilities

John Kost is a group vice president in Gartner Research, where he leads the group of analysts providing research specific to the role of CIO, including Gartner's Executive Programs members, and the IT aspects of the roles of CFO, CEO and boards of directors. With his experience as a government CIO, he also continues to provide a worldwide leadership role in helping governments create, or re-create, the role of CIO and improve the effectiveness of the role. Mr. Kost is internationally renowned for his work in government information technology management and procurement reform.

Areas of Coverage

  • IT Management
  • Government


Previous Experience

Mr. Kost spent 20 years in government in the state of Michigan, which culminated in his becoming state chief information officer (1992-1996), the first state CIO in the United States. During his tenure as CIO, he led a massive infrastructure consolidation and organizational centralization effort and was also responsible for the state's procurement process. He previously served as chief deputy state welfare director and director of policy for the Michigan Senate. He began his state government career in 1976 as a welfare caseworker. After leaving government in 1996, Mr. Kost remained active in supporting government IT through private sector roles including starting the state and local sales organization for a large enterprise software vendor, serving as head of worldwide business development for a large government-oriented system integrator, and starting a state and local division for a consulting firm.

Professional Background

Federal Sources, Senior Vice President - State and Local Government, 2 years
Siebel Systems, National Sales Director - State and Local Government, 2 years
TRW, Vice President - Public Sector Solutions, 2 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Governing magazine "Public Official of the Year" (1995)


Attended the State and Local Executive Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, 1993, and is a contributor to the Leadership for a Networked World program at the Kennedy School
B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1978
M.P.A., Public Administration, Michigan State University, 1981