Gartner Expert

Rob O'Donohue

Sr Director Analyst

Rob O'Donohue is a Senior Director, Analyst in Gartner's CIO Research Group focusing Leadership, Culture, & People. Here, he helps and serves CIOs through major organizational change programs that target leadership development, creation of high performing teams, solving complex cultural challenges, and enhancing diversity & inclusion within the organization. Rob also creates evidence-based research that addresses key organizational challenges to better empower CIOs on their transformation journey. He also provides workshop facilitation and uses his Executive Coaching experience to help CIOs think differently.

Previous experience

Rob brings over 20 years' experience to Gartner and has held senior IT leadership positions in large multinationals in the Financial and Tech industries.

He's most recently held Director positions at Dell & EMC focusing on Leadership Development, Talent Management, Strategy, IT Transformation, Business Operations, and successfully built & lead several PMO iterations over the last number of years. He's held a voluntary Communications Director role for the PMI Ireland Chapter.

In parallel, he's been coaching leaders & high performing teams for the last decade.

He's lectured on Emotional Intelligence for Leaders at the Irish Management Institute and has a passion for helping individuals and teams get clear on their purpose and then create a plan and actions to achieve it.

Rob is hugely passionate about and committed to helping others improve and grow and created a self-improvement platform and podcast focused on this, called 1% Better, in 2017. To date, he's interviewed 100's of leaders from all professions, sharing their inspirational stories to help others learn, take action and improve.

Professional background


Director for Leadership & PMO


Director of PMO, Strategy, Business Operations


Infrastructure Manager

Areas of coverage

CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices

CIO Leadership, Culture and People

CIO Role Evolution

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center


Rob is a qualified Executive Coaching and holds an ACC with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

BSc in Information Technology with NUI, Galway.

Diploma in Data Business with IMI/UCC.

Rob holds PMP with PMI, is a qualified ITILv3 Expert.

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Culture Change and Culture Hacks

2Developing and Coaching Leadership Emotional Intelligence Competencies

3Neurodiversity to bridge the talent gap for CIOs

4Building a Culture of Resilience in workforce

5Strategic Workforce Planning and People and Talent Development