Gartner Expert

Mark D. McDonald

Director Analyst

Mark's focus is on the application of advanced AI/ML technologies to financial processes and the long-term implications of these technologies on the organization.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mark spent most of his career at Siemens in a variety of financial, IT and M&A roles in the US and abroad. Most recently, Mark graduated from Harvard Extension with a degree in software engineering with a focus on Data Science including Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Previously, Mark served as a business unit controller for an international large equipment manufacturer where he led digital transformation efforts that exposed relevant insights to business performance and supported accurate cash and profit forecasting processes. In other roles, Mark worked on the integration of newly acquired companies into the Siemens administrative landscape and also served as the CIO for the Siemens Mobile Phone business in the USA.

Professional background

Primetals Technologies (formerly Siemens Metals)

Director, Finance

Siemens Industry

Director, Process Management

Siemens Industry

Director, Global Projects/M&A

Areas of coverage

Digital Technology in Finance

Financial Data and Analytics


Harvard University, Masters of Liberal Arts in Extension, Software Engineering

Georgia State University, Master of Science, Computer Information Systems

Iowa State University, B.B.A., Accounting, Minor: German 1992

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1AI roadmap and organizational readiness

2Application of AI/ML to financial processes

3AI risk mitigation and ethical concerns

4AI use cases

5AI benefits and limitations