I joined Gartner around the same time as David and we met for the first time at Stamford on boarding. As an experienced Analyst before joining, David was a keen contributor and helped many of the new starters (including myself) to fully comprehend the Analyst role. It wasn’t until departure that I got a little more insight into his character. We shared a taxi to the airport and David kindly invited me into the Airport lounge as a guest. In those couple of hours we talked about many different topics including his enlightening time at Oracle contrasted with recent changes within HP before the conversation veered into politics and the state of modern higher education. David made a big impact on me in a very short amount of time. He openly and generously shared his experience and knowledge without reservation and it was clear to me that his jovial and smiling exterior was backed up by great intelligence, keen insight and wisdom.
I had the opportunity to catch up with him at the recent sales ‘speed dating’ in Egham and it came as no surprise when I learned of the significant success he’d had in the intervening months. Gartner has surely lost an incredible asset and my thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.