Gartner Expert

Dennis P Gannon

VP, Research

Senior finance executives come to Dennis Gannon on a daily basis for his perspective on how best to maximize their returns on reinvesting in their businesses and balance competing demands for capital. In an era of uncertain growth opportunities and intense global competition, finance leaders rely on Mr. Gannon's expertise to help create world-class budgeting, forecasting, and decision support processes within their organizations.

Since joining the company in 2004, Mr. Gannon has become well-known for his keen ability to connect the dots between finance functions and bring a long-term perspective to client challenges. This has made him highly sought after by CFOs, Heads of FP&A, Controllers, and other finance leaders.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Gannon 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. Mr. Gannon is based in Portland, Oregon. He is an outdoors enthusiast and you can find him most weekends hiking along the Oregon Coast, or playing his guitar during the many rainy days of the year.

Areas of coverage

Financial Data and Analytics

Finance Function Strategy and Organization Design

Finance Talent

Growth Investments and Cost Structure


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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