The Company announced that the Board of Directors has named Gene Hall as chief executive officer. Mr. Hall will succeed Michael Fleisher, who had previously announced his intention to depart as Gartner's chairman and CEO after a transition period. Additionally, James C. Smith, a current Gartner Board member, has been named non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Hall, age 48, spent the past 6 years with Automatic Data Processing, Inc., where he was responsible for developing strategies to accelerate the growth of two major businesses and leading technology across the company. Currently, he is President, Employers Services Major Accounts Division, a $2 billion business with 8000 associates. Under his leadership this business achieved accelerated sales to new clients and achieved record client retention and quality scores. In this same role, he also led a 1600 person software development and IT Operations organization that introduced several new, high-growth products.