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Get To Know Gartner: Meet Tohir Tillyaev

GartnerName: Tohir Tillyaev

University: University of Rochester

Job Title: Director, Digital Markets

Office Location: Stamford, CT

Describe your job in 25 words or less: I work with a group of talented people to discover new ways Gartner can cement its place as a thought leader among our SMB clients.

What originally attracted you to Gartner? Fun fact — I wasn’t hired on at first try and had to reapply a year later. What made me stay persistent on joining Gartner was all the people who I met during the interview and research process. Everyone was intelligent, great at what they did and just pleasant to be around.

What is your favorite part about working for Gartner? Work-life balance. I have a 2 year old. The fact that I can do my work and still have time to come back home and play with this little dude is a small yet priceless aspect of my life. The gym on premises is great as well — no excuses to slack off and skip exercising.

How has Gartner helped you in your career development? When I look back at my career here at Gartner, I was able to switch between different roles and explore various aspects of our business, and that impacted tremendously who I am today as a professional. It’s rare when a company is so open to letting their associates explore their interests, and this reason alone makes me want to continue building my career with our company for years to come.

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What has been your proudest moment at Gartner? Being a guest speaker at the very first “expanded” CFO Town Hall. Craig stepped up his “town hall game” in a major way last year, with improved production value and live broadcast across the global finance team. And he invited me to make a presentation on a newly formed Gartner Digital Markets division. It would not have been possible without Craig, my then-managers Jack Pranzo and Donna Iozzo, and David McVeigh with his leadership team. Together, they presented me with an opportunity to learn about GDM and become comfortable enough to share that knowledge with hundreds of our associates.

What advice would you give to recent new hires? Gartner employees from the CEO down to our maintenance crews are very open people. Be comfortable communicating your goals, aspirations and challenges you face. We are here to support each other since everyone is part of one big, global family.

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and why? Robin Williams — He was a truly magnificent person. I dearly miss him and would love to have an opportunity to just sit and talk about life, comedy and video games (he enjoyed those a lot).

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? “Sleep is overrated” or “There are only 24hrs in a day — make the most of them.”

What is one thing unique about you that people would be surprised if they knew? I come from a very diverse background. My father is eastern European with a mix of Scandinavian and Middle Eastern genes, who practices Orthodox Christianity, while the majority of his family are Israeli practicing Judaism. At the same time my mother is of Arabic and Persian decent with a mix of Greek and Asian, who practices Islam. Growing up in this kind of household exposed me to various ideas and traditions I carry on to this day.

Favorite Quote or Personal Mantra: “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”


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