Gartner Expert

Dennis P Gannon

VP Analyst

As a Vice President of Research at Gartner, Dennis Gannon spends his days working with Gartner research teams to address the shared challenges of finance leaders and bringing that research to life in one-on-one and group interactions with Gartner clients. Dennis is a regular presenter and keynote speaker at Gartner conferences and facilitates dozens of executive roundtables with CFOs and other finance leaders every year.

Since joining Gartner in 2004, Dennis has become sought after by finance leaders for his ability to connect the dots across developments in finance and bring a grounded, long-term perspective to executive challenges. His areas of expertise include capital allocation, cost optimization, finance business partnership, and CFO personal effectiveness.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Dennis consulted professional sports franchises on customer retention strategies. He earned an MBA with honors in Finance and Sports Business from the University of Oregon, and also holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Science and a B.S. in Mathematics from Virginia Tech. Dennis is based in Portland, Oregon.

Areas of coverage

Finance Data and Analytics

Finance Organization Transformation

Finance Talent

Profitable Growth Strategies


BS, Mathematics, Virginia Tech

MA, Philosophy, Virginia Tech

MBA, Finance, University of Oregon

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Creating world-class capital allocation processes

2Defining and executing on a finance transformation strategy

3Improving the value of budgeting, forecasting, and financial planning

4Understanding the implications of digitization for finance

5Accelerating the performance of a finance team to provide true business partnership

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