Gartner Expert

Rich McAvey

Distinguished VP Analyst

Rich McAvey is Gartner's Research Vice President for the oil and gas industry. His research examines the impact of digital technologies on the plans and performance of oil and gas companies, focusing on business optimization, business extension, business/IT capabilities and technology management.

Previous experience

Prior to Gartner, Mr. McAvey had 32 years of oil and gas experience at ExxonMobil, Accenture and Marathon Oil, where he held a variety of officer/executive roles. On the business side, he led E&P, midstream, refining, marketing and corporate functions. On the IT side, he led strategy and planning, app development, I&O, and security and served as CIO. He has extensive international experience, managing operations in Australia, Southeast Asia, Japan, Canada, the U.S., South America, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Professional background


Multiple Business Executive Leadership Roles

Marathon Oil

Multiple IT Executive Leadership Roles

Reliant Energy, Accenture and others

Multiple Business and IT Executive Leadership Roles

Areas of coverage

Energy and Utilities Technology Optimization and Modernization

Energy and Utilities Digital Transformation and Innovation


Ph.D., Capella University

M.B.A., University of Chicago

B.S., Engineering, Cornell University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Digital Vision, Strategy, Execution and Leadership

2AI, Digital Twins, Automation and Autonomous Operations

3Human Productivity, Digital Workplaces, Asset Design and Customer Integration

4Energy Transition, Novel Business Models and Technology-enabled Capabilities

5Digital / IT Strategy, Hybrid IT Operations and New Roles for CIOs / CDOs