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  • stretch042001 stretch042001 Apr 19, 2005 8:25 AM Flag

    -33% and counting...

    now Dale is helping too... what do we have to make of that?

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    • I particularly like that they now have 3 Sr. VPs of research. I'm sure the analysts are thrilled to have 3 bosses.

    • >>now Dale is helping too... what do we have to make of that?

      Purely ceremonial. It's not uncommon in M&A situations for the senior leadership team of the acquired company to accept lofty-sounding positions at the acquiring company for transitional purposes. The objective is to present an air of normalcy for headcount retention as well as to smooth the ruffled feathers of customers/clients (Gartner has both issues with the Meta acquisition).

      Usually after 6-12 months these guys quietly depart "to pursue other interests" often with impressive severance packages to reward them for their time/effort.

      I don't see Dale sticking around as second banana to Gene Hall. I doubt that Hall wants a capable replacement lurking in the shadows either.

      I wouldn't worry about Dale's title -- he's not going to do anything regardless of what it says on his business card. His only function is to be seen and make it look like the transition is going smoothly.

      I suspect Dale did pretty well financially in the Meta acquisition and he wasn't exactly poor before the Gartner acquisition -- he doesn't need the job.

      My prediction: he'll be gone from Gartner by the end of CY05. Then he'll go dormant for 12-24 months and just when we've almost forgotten about him, he'll reemerge either with a startup company or as CEO somewhere.

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