Chief Research Officer
Meredith Whalen is IDC’s Chief Research Officer and a member of the senior management team. She leads IDC’s worldwide research organization, product management, marketing and client services functions. In this role, she sets the direction and agenda for IDC’s worldwide research products, fosters innovation, and ensures IDC clients have a valuable, personalized and engaging experience. Her international team of 1,100 analysts leverage research and advisory services to empower business transformation for the Global 2000, and counsel technology suppliers on creating effective offerings for the digital economy. An accomplished public speaker, Meredith regularly presents at CIO and CXO summits in North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America. She oversees the CIO Executive Council, which provides strategic leadership development for transforming the C-suite at the world’s most influential and evolving organizations. Prior to her current role, Meredith was Senior Vice President of IT Executive, Industry, Software and Services Research. In her 20 years at IDC, she has innovated industry research practices with such offerings as the Industry Insights business units, which advise vertical industry clients on technology strategy. She has also driven IDC’s DecisionScape methodology, a portfolio of decision-making methodologies that enable professionals to better plan, deploy and optimize their technology initiatives. Meredith founded IDC’s IT Executive Research programs and architected the industry’s first and most comprehensive business use case taxonomy. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Babson’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Management.