Rick Varner is a Sr. Executive Partner with Gartner Executive Programs a technology and leadership advisory firm. He leads and advises on complex business opportunities, operating improvements, and return-on-investment commitments. As a Gartner Sr. Executive Partner, Rick Varner provides objective-focused, confidential, and trusted leadership to Fortune 100 organizations within automotive, aerospace, industrial equipment, medical device, and the pharmaceutical industries. He has held several executive strategy and transformation roles including CIO for Cooper Standard, an automotive parts supplier, and Division CIO for Delphi Automotive. Rick is a Professional Engineer, an active volunteer, and an experimental aviation enthusiast.