Analyst Profile

Simon Richard

Simon Richard

VP Analyst

10 years at Gartner,  25 years industry experience

Location:  USA  | Language(s):  English, French

Roles and Responsibilities

Simon Richard is an Analyst on the Gartner for Tech Professionals Operations research team. He primarily covers network transformation, including network virtualization, SDN, SD-WAN, cloud networking, and container platforms. He focuses on helping customers evolve their data center architecture and management practices to meet the demands of digital business by leveraging API-driven infrastructure and cloud-native practices.


Previous Experience

In previous roles, Mr. Richard was responsible for the formulation, promotion, and execution of corporate network strategy and architecture. He also led the strategic and architectural phases of a private cloud implementation from a technical perspective.

Professional Background

  • Department of Mathematics, SUNY Stony Brook, Adjunct Professor, 1 year
  • KeySpan (now National Grid), Principal Network Engineer, 6 years
  • McKesson, Principal Network Architect, 9 years


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, SUNY Stony Brook

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • McKesson Distinguished Technologist, 2012