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Lee Weldon

Managing Vice President

Lee Weldon is a Managing Vice President responsible for Gartner's CEO & Executive Leadership of Digital Business group.

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Weldon held various strategy and IT leadership roles in a large multinational organization, including creating and managing the global CIO office, developing the IT strategy, and leading the portfolio management and IT governance processes. As an analyst, his research focused on the areas of strategy, digital business, the office of the CIO, the evolving role of the CIO, and executive leadership of digital business.

Previous experience

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Weldon spent 12 years at Nokia, where he worked primarily at the interface between IT and senior business stakeholders. Most recently, he was responsible for ramping up an enterprise PMO for business capability development, which provided a link between business strategy and execution. Prior to that, Mr. Weldon created and managed the CIO office, focusing on IT strategy, portfolio and program management, IT transformation, and the marketing and communication of IT value within the company.

Mr. Weldon has held various IT leadership positions in the past, including strategy and operations development for IT infrastructure, and managing teams responsible for delivering middleware, database, intranet and internet solutions. He has also been a program manager and IT service manager.

Professional background

Nokia

Director, IT Strategy and Portfolio Management/Head of CIO Office

Areas of coverage

CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices

CIO Role Evolution

Executive Leadership: Digital Business

Executive Leadership: Enterprise Strategic Planning and Execution

Education

Master of Business Administration in International Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Master's Degree in Business Informatics, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Bachelor of Science in International Relations, Wheaton College, Illinois, U.S.A.

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Strategy creation, communication and transition to execution

2Raising awareness and understanding of digital business issues for C-level leaders

3Business model innovation

4Evolving and positioning the role of the CIO in the enterprise

5Creating and managing the office of the CIO