Richard Hunter is vice president and Gartner Fellow in the Gartner CIO Research Group/Office of the CIO Research Team. He is the author of the acclaimed books World Without Secrets (Wiley, 2002) and IT Risk: Turning Business Threats into Competitive Advantage (with George Westerman, Harvard Business Press, 2007).
Richard has 30 years in the IT industry - 15 of those with Gartner, where he first joined as a research director for application development and management. Richard was appointed a Gartner Fellow in 2002 and a member of the Gartner Senior Research Board in 2007. Previous to Gartner, he held management positions at National Life of Vermont and John Hancock Financial Services.
"I work with smart, talented colleagues and clients who are informed, dedicated and passionate about their work," says Richard. "Further, as a Gartner analyst I am paid to tell my clients and colleagues exactly what I really think about the issues that matter both to me and to them. This is a great way to live, let alone a great job."
Richard is in demand as a speaker and advisor to CIOs. He received a bachelor's degree in music from Harvard and balances his work advising CIOs with composing music and performing as a world-class harmonica player.
Dr. George Westerman is a research scientist in MIT Sloan's Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), and faculty chair for the course IT for the Non-IT Executive. His research and teaching examine management challenges at the interface between CIOs and business executives.
George is co-author (with Richard Hunter) of IT Risk: Turning Business Threats into Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Press, 2007), which CIO Insight magazine named one of its Best Books of 2007. His research has been published in management journals such as Sloan Management Review, IESE Insight and Organization Science, as well as in numerous case studies, book chapters and industry publications.
Prior to earning his doctorate at Harvard Business School, George gained more than a dozen years of IT and management experience. He is a noted speaker and workshop facilitator with IT and non-IT executives, and a member of several non-profit boards.