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   DAVID FOOTE, Co-Founder, Chief Analyst and Chief Research Officer

David Foote is an IT industry research pioneer, innovator, and one of the most quoted industry authorities on global IT workforce and compensation trends and multiple facets of the human side of technology value creation. His two decades of groundbreaking deep research and analysis on IT/business cross-skilling and the integration of technology and business management has earned him an unquestioned place on a short list of thought leaders in these areas.    

A keen predictive trends analyst, he built his reputation at Gartner, META Group, and at several Silicon Valley technology companies. David’s foundation work defining and benchmarking a new generation of high impact IT/business hybrid workers has grown significantly since 1997 when he assumed leadership of Foote Partners’ analytical/advisory services and proprietary decision support survey research business targeting the ‘execution’ side of managing technology resources and capabilities.   

A popular opinion columnist, conference speaker, and social media commentator, his contributions appear regularly in dozens of online and print publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Time Magazine, and Forbes, to CIO Magazine, Computerworld, Information Week, Network World, and  WorldatWork(HR); in appearances on television and National Public Radio, and on podcasts and numerous blog sites. David's research-backed analyses and forecasts of IT market behavior and management trends reach a weekly global audience of business and technology professionals.

David leads a senior team of experienced former McKinsey & Company, Gartner, META Group, and Towers Watson analysts and consultants and former HR, IT, and business executives in publishing more than 140 quarterly-updated IT compensation benchmark and market trends reports supported by continuous data collection involving 208,000  IT professionals at 2,745 research partner employers in 83 US and Canadian cities. Benefitting from Foote Partners extensive proprietary research foundation, the firm publishes the IT Insider series which includes the industry’s most innovative and comprehensive IT salary and skills pay surveys, IT management and workforce trend research and market forecasts, enjoyed by more than 1,800 organizations on six continents. The firm’s IT Skills and Certifications Pay IndexTM is the oldest (1998) and most comprehensive survey of premium pay and market demand forecasting for more than 814 technology skills and certifications.   

An IT compensation research pioneer and innovator, David is widely credited with creating and publishing in 1994 the first survey-based IT compensation research in the U.S. that defined and benchmarked emerging “new breed" information management positions in Web, e-Commerce, Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, and Business Technology, and later SAP (1997).  

Prior to his groundbreaking work as an analyst at Gartner and META Group, where he founded the latter's executive service for Chief Information Officers and IT Human Capital Management and Compensation research practices, he held executive and management positions with technology and consumer products companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also worked for six years for a Silicon Valley based consulting firm advising trailblazing exceptional growth high technology companies on innovative business and product strategies and solutions.

David received his BA from Vassar College and MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management, with additional  coursework at Cornell's Graduate School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He completed post-graduate studies in business innovation at Stanford University's Graduate School of Management under Michael Ray, McCoy-Banc One Corp. Professor of Creativity and Innovation.


GEORGE FOOTE, Co-Founder and Senior Partner emeritus 

In his 24-year career with McKinsey & Company, George served as the firm’s senior partner in charge of the firm’s Worldwide Executive Compensation practice. One of the nation’s thought leaders on executive compensation practices for more than two decades, George conceived and developed the executive performance share pay plan concept which has been a centerpiece of Global 3000 executive compensation programs for many years. He numerous articles in Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and industry publications established his pre-eminence as an innovator. Frequent contributions in the New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, and publications throughout the world established his global reach. 

Renowned for his emphasis on ethics, Mr. Foote served the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for four years in a fundamental review of the accounting for stock options and other long term capital accumulation standards, the first non-CPA ever appointed to an AICPA task force. In this capacity he advised the Financial Accounting Standard Board (FASB) on accounting policy matters relating to executive compensation.

George has been active for nearly two decades in developing college curricula in ethics. He created and sustained an endowment to Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, to establish  cross-curricula education in ethics, which culminated in 1999 with the establishment of the Center for Ethics and Values and the George and Arlene Foote Chair in Ethics. He is a former member of Hiram's Board of Trustees and co-led several major capital fundraising campaigns for the college.

He is a graduate of Harvard University.  




















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