Analyst Profile

Frank Ridder

Frank Ridder

Managing Vice President

15 years at Gartner,  30 years industry experience

Location:  Germany  | Language(s):  English, German

Roles and Responsibilities

Frank Ridder is a Managing Vice President in Gartner Research and Advisory leading the Advanced Manufacturing and Transportation team. In addition to leading a global research team, Mr. Ridder mainly helps organizations with Industrie 4.0 and Digital Business questions.


Previous Experience

Prior to his work in the IT industry, Mr. Ridder spent five years in the telecommunications industry. In addition to his work at Gartner, he has lectured on IT services at the University of Applied Science in Neu-Ulm, Germany, since 2009, the University of Monchengladbach, since 2015 and at the Donau-Krems University. Before joining Gartner, he led HP's outsourcing marketing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was responsible for all outbound marketing programs, analyst and press relations, sales development programs, and funnel development programs. Prior to that, he held various positions in national and international outsourcing sales, engagement, and client management.

Professional Background

  • Hewlett-Packard GmbH, Outsourcing Marketing Manager, EMEA, 15 years


  • Certified Mediator, University for Distance Learning, Hagen
  • Diploma in Automation, University of Applied Science, Dusseldorf
  • Executive Education Programs: IMD, Tuck, ITSMA

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • 2004: Marketing All Star Award, HP
  • 2005: HP Services EMEA Top Achievers Club
  • 2008: Nominee for the Gartner Global Analyst Award
  • 2009: Gartner Research Group Award
  • 2009: Nominee for the Gartner Sales Leadership Award
  • 2010: Nominee for the Gartner Sales Leadership Award
  • 2011: Winner of the Gartner Thought Leadership Award