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 executive leaders better understand how long-term societal, business and technology trends impact industries and their enterprise, in particular due to digital innovations.

Additional research areas include:

- blockchain business cases and strategy, digital assets/tokenization/DeFi, decentralization and ecosystems and the evolution of the Programmable Economy. [In October 2019, Mr. Furlonger published a Harvard book: "The Real Business of Blockchain: How Leaders Can Create Value in a New Digital Age."]

- the future of industries, digital giants, geopolitics and the role of technology, innovation in digital business

- the future of society and the great COVID reset

He is an accomplished and frequent keynote speaker and interviewer with extensive international experience.

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

CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices

Financial Services Technology Modernization and Transformation

General Counsel, Board and C-Suite Support

Executive Leadership: Digital Business

Executive Leadership: Sustainability


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

1Blockchain Strategy, Digital Assets/Cryptocurrency, DeFi, NFT, CBDC

2Digital Business Strategy, Digital Product Innovation, Metaverse

3Digital Business Ecosystems and Decentralization - Web3

4Future of Industries, Global Commerce

5Future of Society, Social Fractures