Analyst Profile

Sheila Childs

Sheila Childs

Group Vice President

13 years at Gartner ,  37 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Sheila Childs is a Group Vice President in Gartner's Research and Advisory group, responsible for leading the Sales & Customer Service and Support practice. In this role she supports the delivery of compelling research and advice providing insight to Sales Leaders and Heads of Customer Service and Support. Prior to this role, she managed various teams within the Gartner IT Leaders practice, including the I&O infrastructure team (where she started as a storage analyst) and most recently as the Group Vice President of the Applications team. Before joining Gartner, she spent her career working at a number of storage hardware and software technology companies, focusing predominately on data management software. She has worked in product engineering, product management and product marketing.


Previous Experience

Ms. Childs has 30 years of experience in the software development industry, including senior-level positions in software engineering, product management, product strategy, marketing and customer support. She has held multiple leadership positions in the Storage Networking Industry Association, including chairwoman of the board of directors and chair of the organization's Data Management Forum.

Professional Background

BMC Software, Product Line Manager, 3 years
EMC, Director, Product Marketing, 8 years
Legato and OTG Software, VP Product Strategy, 2 years


B.S., Mathematics, Bates College



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