Gartner Names New Chief Financial Officer

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Gartner, Inc. (IT) announced today that Chris Lafond, Gartner’s Chief Financial Officer, will be leaving the Company on June 30th to pursue other opportunities. Gartner’s Chief Executive Officer Gene Hall said that Craig Safian, Gartner group vice president of global finance, has been named senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer effective immediately.

Mr. Lafond has served as CFO since October 2003. Mr. Safian, 45, has been at Gartner since 2002, holding a number of senior roles in the Finance organization including head of Corporate and Divisional Finance, Corporate Development, Strategy, and Pricing. Mr. Lafond will be available to assist in the transition.

“We thank Chris for his years of outstanding service to Gartner, his stewardship of the Finance organization and his key role in developing great talent,” Mr. Hall said. “As a result, we are fortunate to have a deep bench in our Finance organization. Craig Safian reflects that strength. He understands our business completely, has been a key advisor to me and the Senior Management team for many years, and brings deep experience and integrity to the role. I look forward to continuing Gartner’s growth story with Craig as our CFO.”

Mr. Lafond commented, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished in my 10 years as Gartner’s CFO and to have been a part of this outstanding company for almost 20 years. Gartner is well positioned for continued growth well into the future, and Craig Safian will be a strong leader to help ensure that success.”

Mr. Safian earned a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University and an MBA from Emory University. He has a CPA certification from the State of New York. Additionally, he has worked in public accounting and has held finance leadership roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Headstrong.

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