Gartner Expert

Rob O'Donohue

Sr Director Analyst

Rob O'Donohue is a Senior Director, Analyst in Gartner's CIO Research Group focusing on Leadership, Culture, People, and DEI.

Here, he advises CIOs on organizational change programs that target leadership development, creation of high performing teams, culture change, and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization.

Rob creates evidence-based actionable research to empower CIOs and Executive Leaders lead more effectively.

Rob is responsible for leading the research on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for CIOs within the team with new papers being published monthly.

Rob also runs workshops and client briefings covering culture, leadership, talent, and coaching effectiveness.

Rob holds is a certified Executive Coaching with the ICF and uses his 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

Midsize Enterprise IT Leadership

CIO Leadership, Culture and People

CIO Role Evolution

Gartner Research Board for Global CIOs

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


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

1How to Design Culture Change and Culture Hacks for Teams and Organizations

2How to Develop and Coach Leadership Emotional Intelligence Skills in Individuals and Teams

3How to Build Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs in IT (special focus on Neurodiversity)

4Remote and Hybrid Workplace - Employee Engagement and Building Resilience

5Strategic Workforce Planning and People and Talent Development