Gartner Expert

Peter Havart-Simkin

VP Analyst

Peter Havart-Simkin is a Vice President in Gartner's Technology CEO practice specifically providing advisory to CEOs including start-up CEOs. Peter's coverage includes corporate development, revenue operations (RevOps), market expansion, M&A, product strategy and launch, and competitive intelligence drawing upon previous experience as a multiple company start-up tech CEO himself - one of which went public on NASDAQ. He has held senior positions in both large and small companies in the US and UK including as a CTO of multiple public software companies, as a CMO and as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. Peter has been a member of multiple boards and advisory boards and has worked on M&A deals on both buy and sell sides. In addition, he has an emphasis on the Commercial and Industrial IoT markets. In this regard, his agenda includes helping technology vendors understand and navigate the IoT landscapes addressing the challenges of building IoT solutions through assisting with strategy and decision making. He is also an author and co-author on Gartner's documents in these markets including Magic Quadrants, Critical Capabilities, Competitive Guides and Market Landscapes. Peter works with the major hyperscalers, operational technology (OT) companies and enterprise application vendors - particularly in Commercial and Industrial IoT. In particular, he is the Gartner vendor lead for the Hitachi group of companies including Hitachi Vantara. He has a varied business background having started in the mainframe business looking after communications solutions and online manufacturing control systems, going on to found networking, security and ecommerce SaaS companies and assisting various businesses at C levels from real estate technology providers to non-profits. Peter is also a very experienced communicator with over 30 years' experience and presents at many Gartner business and technology events and Gartner Symposiums globally on a wide range of topics.

Previous experience

Mr. Havart-Simkin has over 30 years of business and technology industry experience having held both types of leadership positions in large and small software companies in both the U.S. and U.K. He has worked in large enterprises and has founded startups, including one of the first internet companies which resulted in an IPO on NASDAQ. He has held 'C' level roles in public software companies and has driven and been involved with a number of technology company mergers and acquisitions on both sides of the Atlantic. He has traditionally been the "front man" for businesses he has founded or been involved with.

Professional background

Machine to Machine Intelligence (M2Mi)

VP, Marketing and Corporate Development

The Firefox Group

Founder and CEO


Senior VP of Marketing, Senior VP of Strategic Development

Areas of coverage

Product and Services Strategy for Tech CEOs

Corporate Development and Growth Strategy for Tech CEOs

Product/Service Discovery and Validation

Technology Market Essentials


Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, Windsor College, U.K.

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Business strategy and corporate development

2Revenue Operations (RevOps) for early stage companies

3Product planning and strategy including competitive intelligence

4IoT and IIoT strategy from both a business and technology perspective

5Navigating the IoT and IIoT landscape