Author Profile

Rob O'Donohue

Rob O'Donohue

VP Analyst

3 years at Gartner,  23 years' experience

Location:  Ireland  |  Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Rob O'Donohue is a Vice President Analyst in Gartner's Executive Leadership Research Group focusing on Leadership, Culture, Talent, and DEI. Here, he advises Executives on the Future of Work, hybrid work design, culture change, solving talent challenges, advancing leadership effectiveness, how to create of high performing teams, and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization. Rob creates evidence-based actionable research to empower Executive Leaders lead more effectively. Rob is the research lead on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Executive Leaders. Rob also runs workshops and client briefings covering Future of Work concepts, overcoming talent challenges, culture, leadership, how to avoid common DEI mistakes, and coaching effectiveness. Rob holds is a certified Executive Coaching with the ICF and uses his experience to help executives to think differently and challenge their own assumptions about work.


Previous Experience

Rob brings over 23 years' experience to Gartner and has held senior IT leadership positions in large multinationals in the Financial and Tech industries. He's most recently held Director positions at Dell & EMC focusing on Leadership Development, Talent Management, Strategy, IT Transformation, Business Operations, and successfully built & lead several PMO iterations over the last number of years. He's held a voluntary Communications Director role for the PMI Ireland Chapter. In parallel, he's been coaching leaders & high performing teams for the last decade. He's lectured on Emotional Intelligence for Leaders at the Irish Management Institute and has a passion for helping individuals and teams get clear on their purpose and then create a plan and actions to achieve it. Rob is hugely passionate about and committed to helping others improve and grow and created a self-improvement platform and podcast focused on this, called 1% Better, in 2017. To date, he's interviewed 100's of leaders from all professions, sharing their inspirational stories to help others learn, take action and improve.

Professional Background

  • Capmark , Infrastructure Manager, 7 years
  • Dell, Director for PMO & Leadership Development, 3 years
  • EMC, Director of PMO, Strategy, Business Operations, 8 years


  • BSc in Information Technology with NUI, Galway.
  • Diploma in Data Business with IMI/UCC.
  • Rob holds PMP with PMI, is a qualified ITILv3 Expert.
  • Rob is a qualified Executive Coaching and holds an ACC with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • ACC ICF (Coaching)
  • PMP (Project Management)