Analyst Profile

Don Free

Don Free

VP Analyst

19 years at Gartner ,  37 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Don Free leads Gartner's research on all aspects of core banking, including thought leadership on market trends, systems and architecture. His research exposes progressive trends for developing successful core banking strategy, while providing practical guidance to navigate core banking migration complexity. With Gartner for 17 years and possessing more than 30 years of core banking experience, Mr. Free commonly advises CIOs, business leaders and architects globally. He has spoken at many high-profile events in more than 50 countries and has led in-house, board-level workshops.


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Free was the director of project services at a global financial services technology company. His experience also includes developing business strategies and information technology solutions as well as leading Fortune 500 companies to the banking market.

Professional Background

Fidelity Information Services, Development, 2 years
Fiserv, Director, Project Services, 15 years


Computer Science, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Computer Science, Valencia College, Orlando, Florida



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