Lionfish Tech Advisors welcomes Neil Rickard
WILMINGTON, DE. February 2, 2023. -- Lionfish Tech Advisors, a global advisory firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Rickard, former Research Vice President at Gartner, Inc. and long-time veteran technology analyst to the advisory team. Mr. Rickard will provide strategic advice, product positioning and messaging services for technology vendors around the world.
“We are extremely pleased to have an esteemed former Gartner analyst and global expert in networking join Lionfish as an advisor,” said Chief Executive Officer Rob Smith. “Neil’s mastery of wide area networking technologies is outstanding. His experience leading and speaking at large events in Europe and North America, evaluating products and developing communications infrastructure will prove invaluable to our clients.”
Mr. Rickard has over 40 years of experience in the enterprise networking industry, including 24 years at Gartner. Prior to joining Gartner, he held technical and marketing roles with Cisco Systems, StrataCom, Nortel, Timeplex and Marconi.
He has worked with network service providers and network equipment manufacturers, from the largest multinationals to small start-ups, helping them develop their corporate strategies, portfolios, go to market and messaging.
At Gartner, he authored several hundred Gartner reports on enterprise networking, including multiple Magic Quadrants, vendor ratings, cool vendors, hype cycles and RFP templates. He also served as Gartner’s vendor lead analysts for large vendors such as BT, coordinating Gartner’s overall research relationships and positioning with these vendors.
He has spoken at numerous public events such as RSA, as well as Gartner conferences and symposia, including delivering keynote presentations. He has also chaired Gartner’s Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies conference.
“I look forward to the opportunity to use my experiences to advise vendors on the best ways to create strong and successful networking products and services in our rapidly changing interconnected world,” Mr. Rickard said.
Lionfish Tech Advisors bring hundreds of years of collective global IT Advisor experience together to help companies realize their full potential. Every member is a recognized thought leader who has conducted extensive market readiness and performance studies of companies small and large across the globe. Our advisors help vendors maximize profits, expand their customer base, secure competitive advantage, and foster investor relations. We are your Trusted IT Growth Partners.