Laura Stuart

Ms. Stuart has more than 20 years of experience in research, analysis and management in the IT, financial services and media sectors. In this time she has provided research and consulting to IT vendors, large user organizations, and buy- and sell-side investment management companies worldwide.

Recently, she has been conducting merger and acquisitions research in the IT industry. Previously she served as a senior consultant with the Gartner Group, Meta Group, International Data Corp. and boutique advisory firms.

Before that, she founded and for 10 years ran Stuart Research, an international research and consulting company for large banks and their technology providers. With Stuart Research she provided syndicated research, consortia, conferences and custom consulting services to the majority of the 100 largest US banks; international banks throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America; and major technology providers to the banking industry.

Prior to founding Stuart Research, Ms. Stuart held the following positions for The Yankee Group, an international technology research and strategy consulting company: Managing Director, International Operations; Executive Director, Computer and Communications Research; Director, Distributed Systems Research; Director, Small Systems Research; and Senior Analyst, Information Systems. In these capacities, she exceeded financial and research targets each year; had multi-million-dollar P&L responsibilities; spoke at Yankee Group and industry conferences worldwide; managed research and sales operations, including dozens of professional staff members; was responsible for product and development strategy for the entire firm; served as executive editor for all daily analyses posted to technology vendor, user and buy- and sell-side investment industry clients; and assessed and advised upon investment opportunities for Battery Ventures, then a resident sister-company venture capital firm.

Prior to the Yankee Group, Ms. Stuart served as an analyst and research manager for International Data Corporation. Ms. Stuart holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and a BA in English and History from the University of New Hampshire.

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