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Leah Johnson

Leah Johnson is a Principal Executive Advisor with CEB now Gartner, where she heads up executive education offerings for Chief HR Officers in the HR Practice. Ms. Johnson has ongoing responsibility for creating and presenting insights at global executive meetings and managing the HR Practice’s webinar series serving CHROs and their direct reports. Ms. Johnson began her career with CEB’s Financial Services division in 1992. In 1993, she moved to the United Kingdom where she co-founded and managed CEB’s European operations for four years. Since moving back to the US in 1997, she has worked exclusively with the HR team and has been a leader of every research team (Leadership, Engagement, Performance Management, HR Business Partners, Succession Management, Diversity, Millennials, Change, HIPO, Culture and more) for over 20 years. In 2018, she is a co-leader of the HR practice’s digitalization research series. Ms. Johnson has led over 800 national and international meetings for HR executives and hosted more than 1000 webinars. She is also a keynote speaker at many company and industry conferences and for our annual HR Summits.

Suzanne Adnams

Suzanne Adnams is a Research Vice President with CIO Research on the Leadership, Culture and People team. Ms. Adnams provides research, insights, advice and support for IT executives related to developing leadership influence, working with teams and understanding group dynamics. This extends to increasing awareness of elements that shape culture and developing organizational change fitness. In her previous role with CIO Research, Ms. Adnams focused on strategic IT services and helping CIOs connect IT operational management to strategic business value. Prior to joining CIO Research, Ms. Adnams was an Executive Partner with Gartner Executive Programs. She worked with CIOs in Western Canada, providing executive-level advice, guidance, counsel, direction and assistance to support the CIO role and helping members use Gartner resources to succeed in their organizations. Ms. Adnams has been working in IT since 1980, and she had more than 20 years of experience in IT management and executive roles in government and higher education before becoming a Principal Consultant. In that role, she worked with clients on IT strategy and planning, best practices, organizational design and change management, with a focus on governance, IT service management and project management.

Mary Mesaglio

Mary Mesaglio is a Research Vice President and Distinguished Analyst with Gartner’s CIO research team. Her research generally has an explicitly practical bent, focused on helping large enterprises to innovate and change their culture. Ms. Mesaglio’s recent work includes “The Art of Culture Hacking” and the 2018 CIO New Year’s Resolutions. She has also written extensively on creativity and how to develop a creative culture, what a world-class innovation charter should contain, how to measure innovation and what world-class IT principles look like. Ms. Mesaglio is Canadian and is based in Barcelona, Spain. She has travelled extensively in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She speaks English, Spanish and French fluently, is working on her Catalan, and would love to learn Japanese one day. In 2003, Ms. Mesaglio rejoined Gartner as a relationship manager for Gartner Executive Programs, where she was responsible for CIOs and IT directors across Spain and Portugal. In 2007, Ms. Mesaglio joined the Gartner CIO Research team.

Mark Raskino

Mark Raskino is a Gartner Fellow in the CEO and Digital Business Leadership research team. Mark works primarily with CIOs and their business executive colleagues. He covers business and technology trends and their implications for business strategy, innovation, business models, leadership and executive relationships. Mr. Raskino’s research includes Gartner’s annual CEO survey and CIO resolutions. He co-authored the books “Digital to the Core” (Gartner, 2015) and “Mastering the Hype Cycle” (Harvard Business Press, 2008). He is a frequent keynote speaker and keynote interviewer. Before joining Gartner, Mr. Raskino was a senior e-business manager at British Airways. Early in his career, he worked briefly in insurance, oil and telecoms.

Alejandra Lozada

Alejandra Lozada is a Senior Research Director with CEB now Gartner. She has more than 15 years of international experience leading research and analysis on strategy, management, and finance practices. Her extensive experience includes advising and delivering projects to board-level executives (mainly CFOs and CSOs of Fortune 500, FTSE 100 and the largest European companies). She has a proven track record in global business leadership, with experience in simultaneously managing teams in Europe, the United States, and India. She also has strategic and tactical experience in business management, having successfully developed and launched new business units both in the United States and Europe.

In Memoriam: Patrick Meehan

Just weeks after he recorded the interview featured on this program, Gartner Research Vice President Patrick Meehan passed away suddenly. He was a frequent and always enthusiastic guest on Gartner ThinkCast and very well-respected and highly in-demand expert among Gartner clients. He is missed.

Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is a Research Vice President and Distinguished Analyst in Gartner’s CIO Research group, wherein his general research covers CIO perspectives on changing people’s mindset and behavior in IT and across the business. More specifically, Mr. Robertson focuses on emerging innovative methods and best practices including the change leadership tactics and capabilities that inspire and engage people on any needed transformational change journey. With these, CIOs can lead digital business transformation and build a culture ready for anything. Furthermore, his emerging research agenda seeks to clarify how an increasingly agile IT must mesh with digital design business practices including design thinking and lean startup, and this is an increasingly common target for digital business transformation efforts. His expertise areas include digital design, process thinking, change leadership, high-performance teams and culture dynamics, the people and process side of digital business transformation. Mr. Robertson has more than 25 years of experience in end-user IT areas, including process, architecture and infrastructure planning and research functions. He joined Gartner in April 2005 with the acquisition of Meta Group. Before joining Meta Group in 1995, he was Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing magazine, a Technology Consulting Firm Director and an IT Manager.

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