Analyst Profile

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

VP Analyst

17 years at Gartner ,  16 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Stephen Smith is a Vice President with Gartner Research based in the United States. Mr. Smith covers digital business, the cross-industry impact of disruptive innovation, strategic planning, and the blockchain for manufacturers. Additional coverage includes trade promotion management/optimization, retail execution and technology-driven innovation for consumer products' manufacturers.

Areas of Coverage

  • Manufacturing
  • Retail


Previous Experience

Mr. Smith has more than 18 years of sales and marketing experience in the grocery retail, consumer products and advertising industries. Prior to joining Gartner, he was VP of marketing for The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., a division of Ahold. Before that, he held senior marketing and sales management roles at The Quaker Oats Co., and was in advertising account management at William Esty Advertising.

Professional Background

Ahold USA, VP, Marketing - The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., 3 years
The Quaker Oats Co., Director, Kids Ready-to-Eat Cereals, 12 years
William Esty Advertising, Account Executive, 2 years


B.A., Writing, Saint Lawrence University
M.B.A., Marketing, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University



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