Gartner Expert

Mark Atwood

Managing Vice President

Mark Atwood's experience includes more than 26 years of work that spans research, consulting, product development, strategy and operations, product and online marketing, and business development. Mr. Atwood also brings an IT end user's perspective to his role, having worked as an applications programmer for six years. He is a Managing Vice President within Gartner's Supply Chain Research organization.

He is the Team Manager for the Industries Research and Programs team, and he guides the agenda and content strategy and execution for Gartner's supply chain coverage specific to the healthcare provider, life sciences, consumer packaged goods, retail, high-tech and industrial manufacturing sectors.

His team also provides program management support for Gartner Supply Chain's data-intensive research capabilities, including the Global and Healthcare Top 25, Gartner Supply Chainnovators, Hierarchy of Metrics Benchmarking and DDVN Self-Assessments.

Finally, he is a content contributor, his research area is cybersecurity for the Supply Chain.

Previous experience

Previously, Mr. Atwood was VP of Research Events Programs at Gartner. In this role, he was responsible for the global strategy and collaboration behind research content and analyst interaction programs at Gartner Events. He also led agenda program management and content production support for Research's participation in the global Symposia series.

Prior to his role at Gartner, he led AMR's Custom Research and Consulting efforts. In this capacity, he and his team designed and executed primary research studies that gave technology provider and supply chain clients deep understanding of customer needs. He joined AMR Research from META Group, where he was a director in the IT vendor practice of META Group Consulting, focusing on voice-of-the-customer primary research in the enterprise portals and mobility spaces.

Prior to META Group, he spent four years in the online marketing and advertising space, developing content and e-commerce offerings targeted at digital consumers. He also worked at Compaq Computer and Digital Equipment in product management and product marketing roles in the desktop workstation division. He began his career as an IT applications programmer, deploying marketing, sales force automation and financial systems for a leading manufacturer of surgical and medical devices.

Professional background

AMR Research

Vice President, Custom Research and Consulting

META Group

Director, IT Vendor Consulting


Director, Global Alliances

Areas of coverage

Supply Chain Strategy, Leadership and Governance (retired)


M.B.A., Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College

B.A., Cum Laude, English Literature, Middlebury College

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Supply chain research programs: Metrics benchmarking, supply chainnovators, maturity assessments

2Cybersecurity for the supply chain

3Overviews on Gartner supply chain industry-specific research