Author Profile

Deacon D.K Wan

Deacon D.K Wan

Sr Director Analyst

7 years at Gartner,  29 years' experience

Location:  Hong Kong  |  Language(s):  Chinese - Cantonese, Chinese - Mandarin, English

Roles and Responsibilities

Deacon D.K Wan is the Senior Director Analyst and Key Initiative Leader at Gartner Software Engineering Practices, Strategies and Leadership


Previous Experience

Mr. Wan was born in Hong Kong, raised in Canada, and internationally groomed. He is equipped with diversified experience in developing partners, managing global teams and affiliates in Greater China, Europe, Japan, Korea, and U.S. Mr. Wan offered strong product development, operations and business management skills for the Hutchison Whampoa Group of companies from 1994 to 2016, then joined Gartner on 1 September 2016. Mr. Wan is an executive expert in digital innovations, with end-to-end technical and commercial strength in digital disruption and evolving technology, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), API ecosystem, mobile and digital commerce, O2O, emerging payments, partnerships and business development. He has proven expertise in monetizing technologies into sound P&L businesses. He developed global services partnerships (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, eBay, PayPal, Skype and Facebook were first-round investors) and managed MNC business units in different regions. Mr. Wan nurtured startups (Siri, Waze, Onavo, Spotify, Fixmo, Bitcasa, Hola, Stevie social TV, zoom, HzO, Invi,, Ginger, Magisto, Shine security, Teralytics, WeLab social lending, etc.) for growth. He also applied technologies and business acumen to drive digital innovations on user interface, apps development, digital/mobile advertising, mobile and e-commerce (,, Priceline, etc.). He worked as a commercial leader with product development, product management and business skills with close collaboration with retailers, payment associations and banks. In addition, Mr. Wan managed global procurements with Qualcomm, Samsung, LG, Sony, Nokia, Motorola, Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, NEC, Mediatek, Gemalto, INQ, MOMO Design, ODM/OEMs, etc. He transformed and integrated mass market services marketing (B2C), enterprise mobility solutions (B2B), technology product developments (R&D and innovation), with P&L responsibilities.

Professional Background

  • Globetouch, a Hutchison Whampoa Investment, Vice President, Product Management, 2 years
  • Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong), Head of Product Development and Enterprise Solutions, Sales and Marketing, 2 years
  • Hutchison Whampoa, General Manager and Head of Global Devices and Applications Group, 18 years


  • EMBA, With Specialization in Marketing, Hult International Business School

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • 2003, Outstanding Employee of the Year Award, Hutchison
  • 2008, GSM Association Best Mobile Handset/Device - Highly Commended, 3 Skypephone
  • 2009, GSM Association Best Mobile Handset/Device, INQ Mobile
  • 2013, Telecom Asia, Most Innovative Partnership Strategy Award/16th Annual Telecom Asia Awards, 3 x WhatsApp
  • 2013, The International Business Awards, Best New Product or Service of the Year - Bronze Stevie Winner, 3 Super Safe
  • 2013, The International Business Awards, Best New Product or Service of the Year - Gold Stevie Winner, 3HK x WhatsApp Free the World
  • 2014, Paybefore Awards, Winner, Eighth Annual Paybefore Awards, 3 Citi Wallet
  • 2014, The International Business Awards, Best New Product or Service of the Year - Bronze Stevie Winner, 3 CitiWallet
  • 2020, Gartner Research & Advisory Annual award - Outstanding Leadership and Business Impact: Content Leadership - Practice-Level Winner
  • 2022, Gartner Research & Advisory Annual award - Best Mentor of the Year - Practice-Level Winner