Gartner Expert

Frank Ridder

Practice Vice President

Frank Ridder is a Managing Vice President in Gartner Research and Advisory leading the Advanced Manufacturing and Transportation team. In addition to leading a global research team, Mr. Ridder mainly helps organizations with Industrie 4.0 and Digital Business questions.

Previous experience

Prior to his work in the IT industry, Mr. Ridder spent five years in the telecommunications industry. In addition to his work at Gartner, he has lectured on IT services at the University of Applied Science in Neu-Ulm, Germany, since 2009, the University of Monchengladbach, since 2015 and at the Donau-Krems University.

Before joining Gartner, he led HP's outsourcing marketing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was responsible for all outbound marketing programs, analyst and press relations, sales development programs, and funnel development programs. Prior to that, he held various positions in national and international outsourcing sales, engagement, and client management.

Professional background

Hewlett-Packard GmbH

Outsourcing Marketing Manager, EMEA

Areas of coverage

Cross-Industry Innovation and Disruption (retired)


Diploma in Automation, University of Applied Science, Dusseldorf

Certified Mediator, University for Distance Learning, Hagen

Executive Education Programs: IMD, Tuck, ITSMA

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Advanced Manufacturing, Digitalization in Manufacturing

2Cross Industry Innovations and Disruption

3Industrie 4.0