Author Profile

Rui Zhang

Rui Zhang

Product Manager

4 years at Gartner,  7 years' experience

Location:  FL USA  |  Language(s):  Chinese - Mandarin, Chinese - Shanghaiese (Wu), English

Roles and Responsibilities

Rui Zhang is a Product Manager for CIO and Premium Products within the Global Product Management org. Previously, she was a Senior Principal Analyst within the CIO Research group, focusing on digital business and innovation. She advised CEOs, CIOs, and other executive leaders on developing strategies for digital business transformation and acceleration. She had a passion for business model innovation, as well as researching digital dragons and giants (e.g. Amazon, Alibaba). She advised executive leaders on how to work with digital giants, and how to learn from digital native companies internally. She also helped CIOs and CxOs understand how to get started with digital transformation across business functions within the organization, and how to create a strategic vision and ambition for their enterprises. Her research work also involved talent ecosystems and helping organizations win the war for talent.


Previous Experience

Prior to Gartner, she worked for a financial technology (FinTech) firm as a Product and Program Manager where she led an innovation program to accelerate open banking for financial institutions in the Americas, Africa, and Asia, and successfully enabled them to launch digital products.

Professional Background

  • ASIA, Inc. , Policy, Advocacy and Development Specialist, 2 years
  • FinConecta, Product Manager, 2 years
  • Prodigy Network, Strategy Associate, 1 year


  • B.A., Psychology, Beloit College
  • Certificate, Disruptive Strategy, Harvard Business School Online
  • M.P.A., Economic Development and Management, Columbia University in the city of New York