Chris Howard is a Chief of Research for Gartner's CIO Research group. In that role, Mr. Howard ensures that Gartner meets the general and industry-specific needs of CIOs, with emphasis on both technical and business leadership. He also serves on the Senior Content Leadership Board at Gartner where he is responsible for the development of advice for CEOs, boards of directors, and cross-functional teams. In that capacity, he interacts regularly with CEOs and other senior executives at the world's largest enterprises. He has led various special projects for Gartner, including serving as global chair for Symposium/ITxpo and directing major research initiatives across the company.