Gartner Expert

Darren Topham

Sr Director Analyst

Darren Topham is a Research Director with Gartner's office of the CIO Research team. Mr. Topham's primary areas of focus and research include innovation strategies and scaling, I&T operating models, bimodal IT and digital business transformation Strategies. He also has considerable experience in helping CIOs and IT leaders to better communicate and engage with their wider business organization and in facilitating IT's transition from back-office supplier to a valuable and trusted business partner.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Topham was Group CIO of a pharmaceutical and medical device company. During this time he was responsible for both the IT organization and establishing and developing the Group's Digital Innovation function.

Professional background


CIO/Group Head of IT

PMedia Ltd.

Creative Director

Areas of coverage

Building and Expanding a Digital Business (retired)

CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices

CIO Leadership of Technology Talent, Culture and DEI

CIO Role Evolution

CIO Leadership of Strategy, Governance and Operating Models

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Bimodal IT - initiation, acceleration and growth of digital innovation capability

2IT Operating Models

3Enhancing CIO & IT leader engagement with the C-suite and business leadership

4Digital Business Transformation Strategies

5Innovation - initiation and scale-up