Rui Zhang is a member of the CIO Research group, focusing on digital business and innovation. She advises CEOs, CIOs, and other executive leaders on developing strategies for digital business transformation and acceleration. She has a passion for business model innovation, as well as researching digital dragons and giants (e.g. Amazon, Alibaba). She advises executive leaders on how to work with digital giants, and how to learn from digital native companies internally. She also helps CIOs and CxOs understand how to get started with digital transformation across business functions within the organization, and how to create a strategic vision and ambition for their enterprises.
Prior to Gartner, she worked for a financial technology (FinTech) firm as a Product and Program Manager where she led an innovation program to accelerate open banking for financial institutions in the Americas, Africa, and Asia, and successfully enabled them to launch digital products.
Policy, Advocacy and Development Specialist
CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices
CIO Leadership of Strategy, Governance and Operating Models
Executive Leadership: Digital Business
M.P.A., Economic Development and Management, Columbia University
Certificate, Disruptive Strategy, Harvard Business School Online
B.A., Psychology, Beloit College
1How can executive leaders create a strategic vision and ambition for their enterprise?
2How do business models and operating models need to change to support digital business transformation?
3How will executive leaders leverage or shape the business ecosystem to ensure digital business success?
4How can CIOs accelerate the business model change required for digital business transformation?
5How can CIOs accelerate innovation through co-creation and partnership with startups, digital dragons and others?