Analyst Profile

David A. Willis

David A. Willis

VP Distinguished Analyst

19 years at Gartner ,  33 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

David Willis is the Chief of Research for Mobility and Digital Workplace, and runs Gartner's Senior Research Board. Mr. Willis sets the direction and framework for worldwide integrative research across all aspects of the emerging work environment - including collaboration, digital workspaces and mobility. He has expertise in the management of mobile computing for large enterprises, including technology selection and policies. He has served as an advisor to some of the largest IT leaders and technology providers in the world. As head of Gartner's Senior Research Board, he is responsible for Gartner's major research themes promoted throughout the year, as well as position management and conflict resolution.

Areas of Coverage

  • Networking & Communications Services
  • Networking & Communications Equipment


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Willis was networking research practice lead at the Meta Group. Prior to Meta, he served as managing editor for Network Computing Magazine. Mr. Willis was previously responsible for system integration at the American Red Cross, serving as chief technology advisor to the CIO and leading the organization's technology standardization and transformation efforts.

Professional Background

American Red Cross, Director, Technology Integration, 11 years
Meta Group, Vice President and Research Practice Lead, 5 years
Network Computing Magazine, Managing Editor, Technology, 3 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Special Recognition, American Society of Business Press Editors, for Columns in Network Computing Magazine
Three-time Gartner Thought Leadership Award Recipient


B.S., Computer Science, George Mason University
Postgraduate work in Engineering



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