Gartner Expert

David Furlonger

Distinguished VP Analyst

David Furlonger is a Distinguished VP and Gartner Fellow in Gartner's CEO and Digital Business Leaders research group. Mr. Furlonger is responsible for conducting research and developing publications aimed at helping CEOs and other senior executives better understand how long-term societal, business and technology trends impact industries and organizations. He led the development of research on blockchain since 2008, including establishing Gartner Centre of Excellence and research community.

Additional research areas include Gartner's annual CEO and Board of Directors surveys, the future of industries, geopolitics and the role of technology, innovation, digital business transformation, digital assets, and the future of society. He is an accomplished and frequent keynote speaker and interviewer with extensive international experience.

Mr. Furlonger's most recent research deals with establishing a business case for blockchain, including an analysis of how the technology can create new revenue by breaking open the walled gardens of digital giants and large multinationals. He focuses on helping executives analyze the competitive and societal landscape, and apply strategies and tactics to deal with threats and maximize opportunities. Mr. Furlonger also explores the use of decentralization and tokenization in his new Harvard book titled "The Real Business of Blockchain: How Leaders Can Create Value in a New Digital Age."

Previous experience

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Furlonger worked in multiple business areas of the banking and investment services industry at Williams and Glyn's, Baring Brothers and Commerzbank, and Engelhard, an international chemical company. He was also an entrepreneur helping found, publicly list and sell a software and media business in North America. He has more than 36 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Gartner, he acted as an Industry Consultant. He also co-ran a dot-com startup for three years, taking the company through a direct public offering and subsequent acquisition. During this time, he was involved in designing and deploying one of the first fully integrated financial portals and live-to-air national television programs. Other roles have included defining management strategy and planning, merger and acquisition activity, market analysis, product development, and project management. During the previous 17 years, he held various positions in investment and international banking companies, including management roles in proprietary trading and risk management, institutional sales and trading, data modeling, financial engineering, quantitative analysis, and system design and selection. In addition, he was the Deputy European Treasurer of a U.S. multinational chemical and precious metal company, and participated in the early adoption and deployment of corporate treasury systems.

Professional background

Peridot International Enterprises

Founder and Director

Baring Brothers & Co.

Manager, Proprietary Trading

Engelhard Corporation

Deputy European Corporate Treasurer

Areas of coverage

Building and Expanding a Digital Business (retired)

Driving Digital Business Transformation for Industry Leadership (retired)


Qualifications in Business Studies, Corporate Finance and Accounting, City, University of London and London Business School

Member of The Worshipful Company of International Bankers

Freeman of the City of London

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address


2Strategy and emerging business and IT trends


4Financial Services

5Digital Transformation