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Gartner's global head of research abruptly steps down

Gartner has cut ties with Peter Sondergaard due to workplace misconduct.

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Peter Sondergaard speaking at the opening keynote of Gartner Symposium 2017.

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Research giant Gartner has cut ties with Peter Sondergaard, its global head of research and advisory, due to behavior the company "determined to be inconsistent with its code of conduct and core values", according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing on Monday. No further details were disclosed.

Sondergaard worked at Gartner for almost 30 years. He was appointed as the senior vice president of Gartner Research in 2004 and is credited with driving the business' revenue above $1.6 billion. In the filing, Gartner said there were no disagreements between Sondergaard and the company "around strategy, financials or business practices."

Nonetheless, Gartner scrubbed Sondergaard's name and bio from its executive page and already lists him as a former associate on its analyst directory.

Gartner's Michael Harris replaces Sondergaard as EVP of research and advisory, effective immediately. Harris most recently served as Gartner's SVP for IT leaders and tech professionals research. He will report directly to chief executive Gene Hall.

Gartner is due to hold its annual Symposium event in October.

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